What is an Evangelical Friend?

EFC-ER (Evangelical Friends Churches – Eastern Region) is a Yearly Meeting of over 90 Evangelical Friends churches located in:

  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • Maryland
  • Eastern Canada

The Evangelical Friends Church organization has a single purpose: helping local churches meet the spiritual needs of the people in their communities. To this end, the World Outreach Center in Canton, Ohio, serves the 14,000 EFC-ER church members, working to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission to mobilize, equip, and send workers to spread the love of Jesus.

EFC-ER actively participates in a larger group of Friends, known as Evangelical Friends Church – North America (EFC-NA) as well as the world-wide movement, Evangelical Friends Church International (EFC-I).

Our Purpose

  1. Friends believe in a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, as a foundation for living.“If you believe that Jesus is the Christ- that He is God’s Son and your Savior – then you are a child of God. And all who love the Father love His children, too.” (I John 5:1)
  2. Friends emphasize putting beliefs into action, thus
    demonstrating loving concern for others. “Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.'” (Matthew 5:44). This is our example today in a society steeped in hate, revenge, and violence.
  3. The Friends Church offers a rich fellowship for you and your family, including many outlets for fruitful Christian obedience.

Our Beliefs

The Evangelical Friends Church does not advance new teachings or doctrines. Instead, we seek to rediscover New Testament teachings and apply these age-old truths to our lives. As Friends we believe:

  • God is our Father.
  • Jesus Christ is “the Word made flesh” for us.
  • The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Strengthener, and Guide.
  • The Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by Him.
  • A person receives forgiveness through repentance for sins and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior.
  • The mission of the Church is to communicate the Good News of Salvation to people everywhere.