OUR HISTORY

A RICH HERITAGE BUILT ON FAITH IN A MIGHTY SAVIOR


A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR HISTORY

As a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, the EFC of Eaton has a heritage stretching back to the 1890’s when Swedish and Norwegian Christians settled the broad open plains of America. Those early settlers brought with them a passion for the Word of God and a desire to spread the gospel. Those same values live on in our church to this day.


FOUNDED ON THE WORD OF GOD

Traveling preachers came through the area around Eaton in the early 1890s.

“Simultaneously several came to faith in God and could now rejoice together over the treasure they had found. That these new converts had taken salvation seriously was evident in that they became concerned for the salvation of their fellowmen and made every effort for them to hear God’s Word preached”

(taken from “The First Century: A Short History of the “Swedish” Evangelical Free Church).

Early meetings were held in homes and some in the schoolhouse in Eaton and also at the Union Church in Lucerne. The congregation was organized on June 8, 1895 under the name “The Swedish Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, Colorado.”



COMMITTED TO SPREADING THE GOSPEL

Governor B.H. Eaton had promised a parcel of land to the small congregation to build a church and parsonage on. In 1907 the deed to those properties were issued and on September 20, 1908, the building in Eaton was dedicated to God and His Kingdom.

Missions has been at the core of our church from the beginning. The women organized the Women’s Missionary Society, the Sunday School contributed to the Christian Children’s Home in Nebraska, and many of our young people have been called to full time Christian service either as pastors or missionaries all over the world.



FAITHFUL TO OUR MISSION

With a vision for the future, we bought land west of town and  in 1980 our current building was dedicated to the Lord. In 2004 an addition was built with areas designed to serve the people of our community; a full size gymnasium is used for recreation, older adults and youth also have designated space for gathering.

Our mission to love God and Love People continues to be at the forefront of all we do. We are excited about the many opportunities God has placed before us to share the good news of Jesus in our local community and state, as well as across the United States and in multiple countries.