WHo We ARE

Our Mission

"ABEFC is a gospel-centered community committed to making disciples who love Jesus Christ and love others in Jesus' name."

Unity is very important to us because we believe it is important to God. Paul prayed in Romans 15:5-6 that the church at Rome would be “…of the same mind with one another…so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis ours). Our desire is that we as a church would be of the same mind so that we might glorify God with one united, harmonious voice. This oneness of mind will be nurtured and enhanced by a clear statement of our common mission and our core commitments. Let us begin then, and see what it is that God has called us as a church to be and to do.

Statement of Faith & Confessions Affirmed

What a church believes is foundational to its health and spiritual vitality. Without sound doctrine, a church may be many things but it will not be healthy. Here you will find a number of helpful statements and historic confessions explaining what we believe and teach as a church.

EFCA Statement of Faith 

This statement summarizes well the central beliefs of our church and of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith is required of all those who want to become members of ABEFC.

What We Teach

This statement significantly expands upon our Statement of Faith and explains more fully the doctrines that our elders, leaders, and teachers affirm.

Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed is a historic confession of the Christian faith that all of our elders and pastors wholeheartedly affirm.

Chicago Statement

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors as a faithful articulation of the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy.

Cambridge Declaration

The Cambridge Declaration summarizes key principles of the protestant reformation and is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors.

Danvers Statement

The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood outlines the biblical similarities and differences between men and women and their roles within the church. It is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors.

Our Pastors

LANCE GENTRY

Senior Pastor | Elder
Lance has pastored ABEFC since 1997 and is a graduate of Cedarville University (1994) and The Master’s Seminary (1997). He and his wife Leigh Ann have four children, Ethan, Kate, Tess, and Luke.

ROB ZIETLOW

Senior Associate Pastor | Elder
Rob has been on the pastoral staff since 2001 and is a graduate of both The Master’s College (1994) and The Master’s Seminary (1998). He oversees Men’s Ministry, Sunday School, Counseling and Christian Education. Rob and his wife Sharon have three children, Mackenzie (and son-in-law Nate), Makayla, and Brayden.

JON GILMORE

Pastor of Music Ministry | Elder
Jon joined the pastoral staff in 2015 and is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College (2006). He oversees Music, Media and Facilities at ABEFC. Jon and his wife Erin have two children, Olivia and Jack.

JUSTIN HALVERSON

Pastor of Youth Ministry
Justin joined the pastoral staff in 2017 and is a graduate of Biola University (2010) and Talbot School of Theology (2015). He oversees ministry to students from 7th-12th grade. Justin and his wife Chloe were married in 2018.

Our Elders

BRENT BUTLER

Brent Butler has been at ABEFC since 2007. In addition to serving as an elder, he enjoys teaching basic doctrine and evangelism studies, discipling, and hosting a LifeGroup. Brent works in the insurance industry and has previously served in the military, law enforcement, as a small business owner, and with faith-based non-profits. He and his wife Lori have three sons.

BRYAN LEE

Bryan Lee has attended ABEFC since 2009 and serves as an elder, in Student Ministry, co-leads a LifeGroup, and as a substitute Sunday School teacher. He is the President at Oscium, a tech company he co-founded eight years ago. He and his wife Bridget have three children.

DAN MELLEMA

Dan Mellema has been at ABEFC since 1983. In addition to serving as an elder, he co-leads a LifeGroup and serves on the Welcome Team. Dan is the CFO at Focus on the Family and he and his wife Sue have three grown children and six grandchildren.

BRYAN MILLER

Bryan Miller has attended ABEFC since 2007. In addition to serving as an elder, he leads the Sound Team and serves on the Welcome Team. Bryan is a cyber security engineer and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife Rachelle and three teenage children.

JEFF STEBBINS

Jeff Stebbins has attended ABEFC since 2012. In addition to serving as an elder, he enjoys teaching an Adult Bible Fellowship class, leading a men's Bible study and serving on the Missions Team. Jeff and his wife Beth are both teachers of English. They have two grown daughters and a son-in-law.

Our Deacons

RICK COLSON

Rick Colson has been at ABEFC since 2014. Rick is a business owner and he and his wife Lora have two teenage home-schoolers and two children attending The Master’s University.

TIM DICK

Tim Dick has been at ABEFC since 2017. In addition to serving as a deacon, he enjoys visiting our homebound members and serving them as needs arise. Tim worked for 33 years as an accountant and procurement specialist and is currently retired.

TIM GUNSOLLEY

Tim Gunsolley has attended ABEFC since 2013. He serves as the President/CEO of Elevation Growth Partners, a consulting firm dedicated to helping faith-based non-profits achieve their mission. His wife Beth works in the Music Department of The Classical Academy. They have a daughter and son-in-law in Denver and a son in college.

MIKE HESTERMANN

Mike Hestermann has attended ABEFC since 2012. He does consulting work for non-profit organizations. His wife Cindy serves as the church Nursery Director. They have two children and six grandchildren.

BRIAN RAMSEY

Brian Ramsey has been at ABEFC since 2013. He enjoys serving as a deacon and leading a LifeGroup. Brian is a mechanical engineer currently working in manufacturing development at Biomedical Innovations. He and his wife Ashley have three daughters.

WALLACE WILMOT

Wallace Wilmot has been attending ABEFC since 2009 along with his wife Anne. They have two rambunctious boys. He serves on the Usher Team and at various times in Children's Ministry and LifeGroup. He has worked since 2009 for the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad.  

STEVE WOODFORD

Steve Woodford has been at ABEFC since 2008. In addition to serving as a deacon, he leads a LifeGroup and previously taught a small group that was focused on relational wisdom from a Biblical perspective (RW360). Steve grew up in the Colorado Springs area, but moved away for college and career. He returned home in 2003 in order to take over the family manufacturing business from his father. He and his wife Kristin have 9 children.

DAVE YUSCHALK

Dave Yuschalk has been at ABEFC since 2005. In addition to serving as a deacon, he enjoys leading a LifeGroup, serving on the Ushering Team, and getting outdoors. Dave is a middle school math teacher and he and his wife Melissa have three children.

MEMBERSHIP.

We believe being a committed part of a local church is central to God’s plan for every christian. This commitment includes covenanting with other believers for their good and submitting to the shepherding care of spiritual leaders.

The first step to becoming a member is to attend our next Exploring Austin Bluffs class.

Our History

ABEFC was started with the help of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs and consisted of twelve families. It was to be a new church serving the area of “Northeast Colorado Springs.” The first service of ABEFC was held on Sunday Morning July 16, 1972. In those early days, worship services were held in Longfellow Elementary School which is just down the street from our present location. Within the first year, attendance was averaging 80 people.

Our present property of 2.75 acres was purchased by First Evangelical Free Church and given to ABEFC for its use. Construction soon began on phase one which was to be a Multi-Purpose facility. The first service in the new building was on February 15, 1976.

Our present Sanctuary was later constructed and was dedicated in October 1984. Pastor Lance Gentry served as the Associate Pastor at ABEFC beginning in 1997 and then became the fifth Senior Pastor to serve ABEFC in 1999.