Learn about our rich history
The story of Evangel Church represents a rich history, dating back to the year 1911, and the first family of Wilhelmina Simmat. She, her family, and a 16-year-old boy named Carl Loenser emigrated from Germany to the United States. They settled in Elizabeth, New Jersey and just three years later in 1914, Mrs. Simmat began small group meetings in her home. As the group grew, the Simmat home became too small, so they moved to a storefront building on Newpoint Road in Elizabeth. She encouraged Carl Loenser to go to Bible school, and after attending Bethany Bible College in Newark and becoming ordained, Rev. Loenser became the first Pastor of the growing church.
Our Mission + Vision
Here at Evangel, our vision is to be changed lives changing communities, both across the street and around the world. We exist to help bring people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ!
THIS IS US: The seven values below make up the DNA of who we are as a church. Together, they uniquely set us apart so we can live out our vision of changed lives, changing communities.
JESUS IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR STORY
Jesus is the sovereign God who not only writes our story, but also enters into it in order to dramatically change us for His glory.
WE WANT HEAVEN HERE
We want God’s rule and reign to manifest in miraculous ways and build His Kingdom made up of every tribe, nation and tongue.
WE PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS
We believe in the power of prayer and the God who answers.
WE DON’T BURY OUR TALENT
We generously partner in God’s mission with our resources and we make the most of what God has entrusted to us.
WE FOLLOW THE PROMPT
We are obedient to the move and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
WE ROW TOGETHER
We harness the power of groups and teams to move together in unity.
WE LIVE ON MISSION
We are called to go across the street and around the world to fulfill the Great Commission.
We believe that God has revealed Himself and His plan for redemption to humanity through his Holy Scripture (2 Tim 3:15).
We believe in the One true God, who has created all things, and lives in perfect relationship and unity as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isaiah 43:10-11).
We believe that Jesus is our Savior, Healer, Spirit Baptizer, and Coming King (Acts 2:22-24, 32-33, 38).
Is the message concerning Jesus’ mission to defeat the powers of Sin and Death and brings humanity into a relationship with God (Acts 10:36-43).
The Word of God states that “all have sinned”, which is the act and condition which separates us from God. Because He loves us, God has provided the only means by which humankind can have our sins forgiven, granting us the opportunity to become sons and daughters of God.
Once a month we come together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and remember Christ’s suffering and death on our behalf (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The Church is the collection of those who are now found in Christ, because of the work that God has done in Christ and are now the agents of God’s Mission of redemption in the world (Eph 2:18-22).
We believe that the message of Salvation is for the whole person and that through prayer, in Jesus’ name, can make people whole (James 5:14-15).
Is the public declaration that we have fully committed ourselves to Christ, and have symbolically and spiritually been united with Him in His death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).