Pastor - Art Smith
Art grew up in Wisconsin and came to a personal relationship with Christ at the age of 17. Becky grew up in a Christian home. They have been married since 1971 and have six children and twelve grandchildren (and counting).
Art and Becky served at the Rio Grande Bible Institute four years and since 1981 Art has pastored non-denominational Bible Churches and churches within the Evangelical Free Church Association.
He has a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and likes hunting and fishing and being outside. He and Becky enjoy flea markets, visiting family and friends and the Colorado mountains in the fall.
Associate Pastor - Dan Terrell
Dan grew up outside of Manhattan, KS and came to know the Lord at a young age. Dan and Alina met at Calvary Bible College in Kansas City and were married in 2010. They have a growing family, currently with two boys and one girl.
Dan has been in ministry since early 2009. He graduated from Calvary University in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Advanced Biblical Studies and is currently pursuing his Masters of Arts degree with an emphasis in Greek at Shepherds Theological Seminary. He served as Youth Pastor in a church in Kansas City until 2013 when they moved to Alliance. They have served here at E-Free Alliance as part-time starting in 2013 and then full-time at the beginning of 2014.
Dan loves to play basketball, roasting and drinking coffee, woodworking, snowboarding, wrestling his boys and about any activity outside. Alina has a passion for being a mom, music, art and anything outside and with her family.
Elder - Steve Petersen
Steve understood his need for Jesus at six years old. Through influence of a Vacation Bible School at his grandfather's church, he put his faith in Christ's work on the cross. He grew up in a Christ-centered home, which was a huge blessing on his life. Their family traveled to Costa Rica, then Lima, Peru, as Steve's parents served the Lord as missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church. They later moved to Miami, FL where he finished high school. It was there, through the influence of a Christian friend, that Steve felt the Holy Spirit prodding him to make his faith his own. And it was then Steve started his journey toward maturity.
Steve moved to the Angora, NE to pursue a life of ranching. first with his uncle and grandpa and now with his own place. With the help of neighbors, he makes his living around cows. Steve met his wife Spring in 2003 and they were married in 2004. They have three children.
Steve loves to be around people (and cows), help lead worship with his wife and be outdoors. He currently serves as our Awana Commander and has a passion to lead and encourage believers to own their faith.
Elder - Mike Leonard
Mike was born in Ogallala, NE and grew up on a farm-ranch operation in Elsie. He graduated from Wheatland High in Madrid, NE and then attended Chadron State College majoring in biology and playing baseball. After Chadron State, he was hired onto the Burlington Northern Railroad and retired as an engineer in 2016. He met Carol Engelhaupt at the railroad in 1994 and they were married in 1995. They have five children.
In 1986, he attended a missions conference at the Alliance Berean Church in Alliance, NE. The missionary asked if there was anyone who wanted to know for certain they would go to Heaven. That day Mike accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior, which was the greatest day of his life! Carol and he attended the Alliance Berean Church until 2013. That year Carol and Mike became members of the Alliance Evangelical Free Church where he is now an elder.
Mike loves to smoke meat, encourage men and leads our men's ministry.
Marriage Ministry - Coote and Christine Mulloy
Worship Coordinators – Dan and Alina Terrell
Kid's Ministries - Rene Waggener
AWANA Commander - Steve Petersen
Men's Ministry - Mike Leonard
Treasurer - Randy Waggener