Evangelical Free Church of America

The Evangelical Free Church of America is 1,500 autonomous churches united by a mutual commitment to serve Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. Hope Church is committed to cooperate with other churches in this denomination and other churches in Dubuque that are submitted to Jesus Christ, to see His love and message shared as a blessing to others. The EFCA currently also extends to 45 other countries.


What Does "Evangelical" Mean?

This term refers to our commitment to share the Gospel (the good news about Jesus Christ) and to the authority of Scriptures as being inerrant (without error) in their original writings, and the only trustworthy guide to faith and a God-honoring lifestyle.


What Does "Free" Mean?

This term refers to our form of church governance as being congregational. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in the decisions and directions of each local church. At Hope Church, the congregation elects godly lay leaders called Elders to guide the direction of the church. Hope Church owns its own land, hires its own pastors and staff, and sets its own budget, all without outside approval.


The EFCA is divided in the various management districts. Hope Church is part of the Central District, including other churches in Iowa and Missouri.

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Our current Elders are: 

Matt Collins (Senior Pastor)

Jeremy Jensen (Chairman)

Mike Tracy (Treasurer)

Nathan Laws (Secretary)

Shawn Hilborn

Ben Beard

Matt Anderson


The Elder Board is the primary source of leadership at Hope Church, and is in place to advise the Senior Pastor, protect the doctrinal purity of our church, affirm the spiritual and visionary long-term direction of our church, embody the spiritual values of our church, and enforce any necessary spiritual discipline within the congregation. 


The Elders empower the Staff to lead all of the ongoing year-to-year leadership, ministry, and strategic decisions of the church.


At Hope Church, our congregational form of governance results in our Members voting on key mission-critical decisions in our church to include the calling of a new Senior Pastor, approving our Annual Budget, approving Capital Campaigns, and selecting members of our Elder Nominating Committee and our Elder Board.



The Hope Church elder board and members adopt bylaws and articles of incorporation that dictate the structure and purpose of Hope Church. For your convenience, the most recent bylaws and articles of incorporation adopted on Aug 25, 2019 are available for you to download.

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​Membership at Hope Church is a way for a Christian to express their agreement with the mission and values of Hope Church. Membership is a major step in publicly identifying as a part of the local church body. Members play an important role in church governance. To find out more about what we believe and how we are governed, review our current Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

View the Membership Application

View  the Membership Covenant


A Membership class is required before applying for membership. After the membership class, there is an application process involved as well as an elder interview. You must be at least 16 years old and a follower of Jesus Christ to become a member.

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