About Us

Our History

The history of the Faith Evangelical Bible Church has its beginning in the late 1800’s when about 18,000 Mennonites left Russia in search of religious freedom.1 Among these immigrants were those who settled in the York and Hamilton County area.  Elder Isaac Peters, founder of the Ebenezer Church arrived on January 6, 1875 after being expelled from Russia by the government for his activity in promoting the Mennonite migration.2 Under his leadership twenty‑eight families formed the Ebenezer Church which was organized November 5, 1882.  The name was changed to Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in 1940.  Because the congregation desired to also minister to families in the community that did not have Mennonite roots, the decision was made to remove the word ‘Mennonite’ from the church name. The name change from Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church to Faith Evangelical Bible Church was approved on February 27, 1994.   Faith Evangelical Bible Church is a member of the Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches with churches in the United States and Canada.

Reaching out to the unsaved with the Gospel has always been a vital part of this body of believers. Week long evangelistic services with a guest evangelist‑pastor were held yearly. At times these services were extended to several weeks.  By 1901, this newly organized church established its first missions committee for the purpose of finding ways and means to do mission work. Special weekend mission conferences were held annually and offerings were taken to fund various mission projects.  The first foreign missionary sent out from this congregation was Bertha Neufeld Kliewer.  An Awana ministry that was begun in 1974 has been effective in teaching Biblical truths and encouraging Scripture memory to the children in our church and many in the community.

Throughout the history of this congregation, customs and methods of ministry have changed to keep up with the changing culture around it but the message of the Gospel and the basic doctrines of the faith have not changed.  We believe God’s inerrant Word teaches salvation is only by the grace of God through faith in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Footnotes

1.  Henderson Mennonites from Holland to Henderson (Second Edition 1981), p. 39

2.  Ibid.  p. 35

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Pastor Mike and Jan Fink – Senior Pastor

The Lord led Mike and Jan to Henderson in 2002 after serving in pastorates in Texas, Minnesota, and Oklahoma.

Mike was born in northern Indiana and Jan was born and raised in east central Iowa.  They met when Mike’s father became the pastor of Jan’s home church.  They have been sweethearts ever since!  After graduating from high school Jan attended Grace University in Omaha, and Mike enrolled at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  Mike and Jan were married in 1973 and moved to Dallas, Texas where Mike resumed his undergraduate studies at Dallas Bible College.  He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Education.  Mike has also done post-graduate study at Dallas Theological Seminary and Grace Theological Seminary.

Mike and Jan are the proud parents of a daughter, Kristan, who is with the Lord,  and two grown children.  They are also the proud grandparents of eight.

Their daughter, Stacy and her husband, Mark Perez live in Henderson.  Mark is the owner of Perez Tree Service here in Henderson.  Stacy enjoys her role in the home as wife and mother of Mark Jr., Kristan, Harmon, Heath, Hunter, and Hayden.

Their son, Greg and his wife, Michelle live in Forney, TX.  They have two daughters, Emily and Celeste.  Greg graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in May 2011 with a Master of Theology degree, and from Texas A & M Commerce in December 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Education.  He teaches high school English in Forney, Texas and is an adjunct professor of English at Dallas Baptist University.  Michelle enjoys staying at home with Emily and Celeste.

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Pastor Crale and Rachel Swanson Pastor of Student Ministries

Crale is a native Nebraskan who grew up on an acreage near Ceresco, NE, which is about the same size as Henderson. After graduating from Parkview Christian High School in Lincoln, NE, he attended Grace University in Omaha, NE.  He met Rachel his senior year and they married in 2003.  Crale graduated with his B.A. in Pastoral Studies/Bible and M.A. in Biblical Studies, gaining experience in student as well as general pastoral ministries.  Following school, he worked for Northstar Financial for 10 years.  During those years he ministered at Community Bible Church in Omaha, NE, in numerous areas of Jr. High and High School student ministries as a volunteer.  The Lord has given him a deep passion to preach God’s Word clearly and communicate the irreplaceable value each individual has as an image bearer of God, while being loud and crazy of course.  In June 2015, Crale accepted the position of Pastor of Student Ministries at FEBC. Crale considers serving the Lord in this capacity as an incredible privilege.

Crale and Rachel have four amazing kids Cora, Liam, Iver and Iris.  They are relishing their opportunity to raise their family in this special small town. In his free time Crale enjoys motor sports, Nebraska football, reading and detailing vehicles.

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Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testament, as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God. They are the final and supreme authority. (Matt. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).

God

We believe in the One Triune God, who is personal, spirit, and sovereign; perfect, infinite and eternal in His being, self-existence, holiness, love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator and yet everywhere present in the world as the upholder of all things. (Gen. 1:1; Psa. 90:2; Psa. 139:1-16; John 4:24; Col. 1:15-17).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is eternal and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born a man by the virgin birth thus to continue forever as both true God and true man. He made full atonement for our sins through His vicarious suffering and death on the cross; He rose triumphantly from the grave the third day, ascended into heaven, and is now at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (Matt. 1:18-25; Isa. 53:4-6; Heb. 4:14-16).

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person in the Godhead, is the Divine Agent in creation, revelation, and redemption. In this age of grace He convicts the world of sin, regenerates those who believe, and indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, guides, teaches, and gives spiritual gifts to believers. (Gen. 1:2; Acts 5:3-4; John 16:8-11; I Cor 6:19, 12:13; Eph 4:30).

Trinity

We believe that God eternally exists in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are of one essence and equal in power and glory, therefore, to be honored and worshiped equally as true God. (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14).

Satan

We believe that Satan is a real, supernatural personality, a fallen angel of great power, cunning, and wickedness. He is the enemy of God and of all good, seeking the destruction of Christ and the eternal ruin of every person. However, Satan has been defeated by Christ’s death and is doomed to be cast into the lake of fire. (Mark 1:13; John 13:2; Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:10).

G. Angels

We believe in the existence of angels, a higher order of created spiritual beings superior to man. They were active in the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and presently minister to believers. (Matt. 4:11; Luke 1:28-35; Acts 1:10-11; Heb. 1:13-14).

Man

  • His Creation

We believe that man was directly created by God in the divine image. (Gen. 1:26-27).

  • His Fall

We believe that man was originally sinless, but when tempted by Satan, disobeyed God’s command and became a sinful creature incurring both physical and spiritual death. As a result all members of the human race are born in sin and are sinners by nature and practice. (Gen. 2:15-17, 3:1-6; Rom. 1:19-32, 3:23, 5:12).

  • His Salvation

We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, freely offered to us on the basis of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross. It is received by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ and is in no way obtained by human effort. This salvation results in eternal life, a new nature, right standing before God, sonship in the family of God, and provision for sanctification and victory over the power of sin. (John 1:12-13, 3:3-8; Rom. 3:24; Gal. 3:26, 5:22-23; Eph. 2:8-9).

  • His Resurrection

We believe that every person will be physically raised from the dead: the saved to life everlasting and the unsaved to eternal condemnation (John 5:28, 29).

The Church

We believe in the one true church, the body and bride of Christ, which He began to build on the day of Pentecost and will complete at His second coming, and into which all regenerated believers of this age are baptized by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the local visible church is composed of baptized believers in Christ, voluntarily joined together and meeting at stated times to worship, fellowship, observe ordinances, and when necessary, administer and accept discipline. (Matt. 16:18, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 12:13; Heb. 10:25).

The End Times

  • Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, pretribulational return of Christ; the great tribulation; the revelation of Christ at the end of the great tribulation period; the Millennial Age; and The Great White Throne judgment. (Matt. 24:21-31; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes. 4:13-17; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-15).

  • The Final State

We believe that believers will be judged according to their deeds at the judgment seat of Christ and that they will enjoy a future life in the presence of Christ; and that unbelievers will be judged according to their works at the Great White Throne and subsequently cast into the lake of fire where they will consciously suffer forever. (1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15, 22:12).