"In the beginning," a small congregation was lead to start a new church in a old dance hall located on the grounds of the Otsego County Fairgrounds. The year was 1937 and they called it The Gaylord Gospel Center.
Since then God has continued to use the E-Free Church to meet as many people as possible right where they are and help move them to where He wants them to be. Our vision is to saturate Northern Michigan with the good news of Jesus Christ. What started as a small congregation has now grown into a church with two campuses located in Gaylord and Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. God has also blessed us with radio, internet, and TV ministries that reach 44 counties in Northern Michigan.
PASTOR SCOTT DISTLER
Scott was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 5 through a Child Evangelism Fellowship Club taught by his aunt. He graduated from High School in 1983 and then attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where he graduated in 1987 with honors as a Pastoral Ministries Major with a Minor in Greek . He went on to get his Master’s Degree through Liberty’s correspondence program.
Scott spent his first 9 years in ministry as a Youth Pastor near Dayton, Ohio where his program twice received the “Youth Group of the Year” award in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. He has also pastored growing churches in Indiana and Pennsylvania before coming to E-Free Church in March of 2011. He has been part of mission trips to many parts of the world and helps to co-lead trips to Israel. Scott’s greatest passion is to see as many people as possible reached for Christ through the local church.