Worship at 9:00 & 10:45

Nursery available during both services

Children & Youth Sunday School at 9:00

Children’s Church at 10:45

Adult LifeStudies at 9:00 & 10:45




Our Mission

The mission of McCook Evangelical Free Church is to cultivate followers of Jesus to impact our world. The heart of our method for accomplishing our mission is to make disciples who are able to reproduce.

Our Vision

Because of the grace of God, we at MEFC will be the hands and feet of Jesus, willing to get dirty in the weeds of life.


Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


Pastor Bruce, Senior Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Bruce strives to preach God’s Word in a manner that is easily understood and applied to our lives. He has served at  McCook Evangelical Free Church for almost fifteen years.

Bruce is originally from Wathena, KS. After graduating from Kansas State University he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. He has graduated from both Dallas Theological Seminary and Denver Seminary.  Before coming to McCook in 1998, he was Pastor of Adult Ministries for over 10 years at Grace Chapel of Littleton, CO. With wife Kathy, they have 2 grown daughters, Alli and Amy.



Pastor Jeff, Adult Ministries Pastor

Jeff is originally from Colby, KS. In 2004 he graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Music Education. After teaching in public schools and working for a commercial construction company, he enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2012 with a MA degree in Christian Education. Jeff’s calling and passion are to explore how the church can most effectively engage, equip, and encourage people in the discipleship process. Jeff and his wife, Deborah, have two boys, Josiah and Titus.


Trevor Smith, Youth Pastor

Before coming to McCook, Trevor volunteered with the youth and was part of the leadership at Riverview Community Church in Ashland, NE. He recently completed his Master of Theological Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Trevor also worked at Grace University as an Admissions Counselor where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Biblical Studies. Before Grace, Trevor worked as a financial planner and served four years in the USMC. Trevor and his wife Auli have three daughters and one son, Hadley, Norah, Lauryn, and Ezra. The Smith’s are excited about God’s call to work with the youth in McCook!




What we Believe

God –

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.

The Bible –

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.

The Human Condition –

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.

Jesus Christ –

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.

The Work of Christ –

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.

The Holy Spirit –

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.

The Church –

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.

Christian Living –

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 pre-millennial 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.

Response and Eternal Destiny –

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.






How Do I Meet People?

McCook Evangelical Free Church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at MEFC.


Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, McCook Evangelical Free Church has LifeTeams held in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to fourteen. At a time, designated by your group, you can participate in the small group study.

Youth Ministry

Each Sunday morning, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The youth ministry of McCook Evangelical Free Church is recognized for their close interaction.

Women’s Ministry

McCook Evangelical Free Church Women’s Ministry “ENGAGE” gives the ladies in our church family special times of interaction. ENGAGE Bible studies are times of study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.

Marriage Mentoring Ministry

Even though marriage is one of the most important institutions, it is the one which is under the most attack–internally and externally. McCook Evangelical Free Church gives married couples the opportunity to go through a time of “marriage mentoring” with another couple that is been trained to mentor other married couples.  This can be a time of “tuning up” or a time of “coming alongside” during a crisis. Call 308-345-1661 for more information.


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Listen to Our Latest Sermons

Here is where you can listen to the most recent sermon from McCook Evangelical Free Church. Feel free to share these sermons with friends and family.

06.05.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War #1- Salt & Light
06.12.2016  Guest Speaker            Calling All FAT Shepherds!
06.19.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War # 2- Whatever Happened to Right & Wrong
06.26.2016  Pastor John Byerly      In what do you trust?
07.03.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War #3- Human Sexuality
07.10.2016  Pastor Jeff Donelan    Abide & Obey
07.24.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War- Human Sexuality Part 2
07.31.2016  Pastor Jeff Donelan    Abide & Obey Continued
08.07.2016  Pastor John Byerly      Who’s all this about?
08.14.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War- Homosexuality
08.21.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War- Abortion
08.28.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War- Politics
09.04.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Culture War- Family
09.11.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #1
09.18.2016  Pastor Jeff Donelan    An Old Fashion Love Song #2
09.25.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #3
10.02.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #4
10.09.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #5
10.16.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #6
10.23.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #7
10.30.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    Praise & Prayer Service
11.06.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song#8
11.13.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #9
11.20.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #10
11.27.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #11
12.04.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    An Old Fashion Love Song #12
12.11.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    A Christmas Carol #1
12.18.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    A Christmas Carol #2
12.24.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    A Christmas Carol #3
12.25.2016  Pastor Bruce Lester    A Christmas Carol #4
01.01.2017  Pastor Jeff Donelan    A Gospel in the Desert
01.08.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    2017 Here We Come
01.15.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    2017 Giving to Get to Give Again
01.22.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope?
01.29.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #2
02.05.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #3
02.12.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #4
02.19.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #5
02.26.2017  Guest Speaker            Chuck Holton
03.05.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #6
03.12.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #7
03.19.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #8
03.26.2017  Guest Speaker            Jamie Zumwalt
04.02.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Blessed to be a Blessing
04.09.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Palm Sunday
04.16.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Easter Sunday-A Tale of Two Men
04.23.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #9
04.30.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Playing Your Position
05.07.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    got Hope? #10
05.14.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    The Influence of a Mother
05.21.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Got Hope? #11
05.28.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Got Hope? #12
06.04.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Got Hope? #13
06.11.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Got Hope? #14
06.18.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Father’s Day 2017
06.25.2017  Pastor Jeff Donelan    Declaration of Your New Identity
07.02.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    The Cost of Freedom
07.09.2017  Pastor Jeff Donelan    Distracted
07.16.2017  Pastor Trevor Smith    Living a Jesus-Centered Life
07.23.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Vision
07.30.2017  Guest Speaker             Andi Bratoi
08.06.2017  Pastor Trevor Smith    Youth Sunday
08.13.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Love God?
08.20.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Who Needs God?
08.27.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Relationships
09.03.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Praise & Prayer Service
09.10.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Evangelism-The Power of the Gospel…Or Not
09.17.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Evangelism-Layman Style
09.24.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Heaven & Hell- Heaven! What’s Not There!
10.01.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Heaven & Hell- Heaven! What IS There!
10.08.2017  Pastor Jeff Donelan    Heaven & Hell- Heaven! Keep Focused
10.15.2017  Pastor Bruce Lester    Heaven & Hell- What Can We Learn From Hell?




Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of McCook Evangelical Free Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. MEFC members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church van, to folding the church bulletins.

Mission Outreach

McCook Evangelical Free Church is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries with our money and with our prayers. Each year, a short term missions team from our church travels to one of these countries to assist our missionaries in practical projects and evangelistic outreach. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

Music & Drama

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Still others get involved in drama. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of MEFC, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.


The usher team at McCook Evangelical Free Church fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men whose ministry is integral to church life.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of McCook Evangelical Free Church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook page for additional church communication.

Marriage Mentoring

Marriages can be difficult to maintain. Misunderstanding, confusion, resentment, and anger can flare up in any marriage. Several couples at MEFC serve other families as marriage mentors. Their role in listening, understanding, helping, and encouraging struggling couples has, by God’s grace, saved marriages, and repaired relationships. Couples have found fresh hope and new joy in a warm and fulfilling relationship with their spouse.

Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. McCook Evangelical Free Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, during the morning services, a team of volunteers prays for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs.

Children’s Church

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, MEFC holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the Late Service. This special time gives kids ages 3 years through Kindergarten more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons.



Office Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9am to 5pm.  Friday from 9am to 1pm.

Church Location & Address: 602 E 14th St., McCook, NE  69001 (map)

Telephone & Fax: Tel: (308) 345-1661 | Fax: (308) 345-5278

In the case of death or emergency please contact our senior pastor.

  • Pastor Bruce 308-340-1578


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