About Us

Erie Evangelical Free Church exists in order to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known.

Our Core Values

We Love Jesus

Everything we do and everything we are is built around a dedicated love for Jesus Christ. Our work as a church and the conduct of our individual daily lives are a grateful response to His glorious offer and act of salvation.

We Care for One Another

The beauty of the body of Christ is that it gives us an opportunity to care for one another. We are not just fellow church goers, but family. Therefore, we constantly love and seek the best for one another as we share in this journey of life and faith.

We Serve our Community

The church is to be a lighthouse to the community. Therefore, we are committed to being a people that do all we can to make our community a better place to live, work, play, and worship so that the glory of Jesus Christ will be evident to the watching world around us.

We Share the Gospel

We have the power to change our world through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are passionate about sharing the joy and excitement of our faith with those around us. We do this through personal outreach, relationships, and our support of both local and global missions.

What We Believe

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. – Augustine

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Our Staff


Jonathan Eckberg

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jonathan has been married to his wonderful wife, Erin, since June 2011 and the proud parents of two daughters Emersyn (July 2014) and Hayden (August 2017) and one son Chase (December 2015).


Ron Eckberg

Associate Pastor

Pastor Ron is joined in life and ministry by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Judy. They have five sons, four daughters-in-law, six grandchildren and three grand-puppies!


Erin Eckberg

Pastoral Secretary

Erin began working in our office in 2016. She is a vital help to the pastors in the areas of administration, communication and creative aspects of the church’s ministry.

Get in Touch

We always love to hear from you. Give us a call or an email or stop by the office during normal business hours.

Sunday Service Times

Sunday Celebration 9:00 am

Fellowship Time10:15 am

Discovery Groups for All Ages10:30 am


Address 1409 16th Avenue, Erie, Illinois 61250

Phone 309-659-7125

Email admin@erieefree.com