In June of 1999 Pastor Andrew was hired at Hanover EFC as Associate Pastor with the vision for planting a church. In 2003 Dennis Fulk, pastor of Faith Evangelical Fellowship, started a prayer meeting for local churches. That prayer meeting led to a combined Good Friday service with Hanover Community, Hanover EFC, Calvary Bible, and Faith Evangelical Fellowship. Before that Good Friday Service, Hanover EFC challenged its people to pray about church planting for the forty days of Lent. Shortly after Easter, the congregation was surveyed and there was remarkable support for church planting especially in the area north of Route 30.
Hanover EFC faced two large problems: money and people. The congregation continued to pray and in June of 2003 the group interested in planting a church met for the first time. The following day the Eastern District Association pledged $10,000. The money problem was solved. The following day Dennis Fulk called, after resigning at Faith, and discussed the opportunity for the people of Faith to join the people of Hanover. The people problem was solved.
On Sunday, September 21st Community Evangelical Free Church had its first service. 76 people attended at Paradise Elementary School. After a commissioning service on October 5th, the church was officially launched on Sunday, October 26 2003 with a Grand Opening Service. The focus of the church has been fruitful evangelism.
We purchased our current building at 580 Roth's Church Road for $1. We moved into it in September of 2015, and had our grand opening service on Nov 8, 2015.