On Sunday, June 13, members and friends of Faith Evangelical Free Church in Acton honored their Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bradley Johnson, and his wife Kathy, for over 33 years of service to the church and community. Pastor Brad will be retiring from full-time pastoral service on July 31.
For the rest of 2021 Pastor Brad will remain on staff as a part-time associate pastor to help provide a smooth transition for the new senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ryan Fields, who will be moving from Chicago, Illinois. In January 2022, Pastor Brad and Kathy will begin a new part-time ministry of caring for pastors and their spouses within the New England District of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).
Brad and Kathy joined Faith EFC in February 1988 when he was called as Pastor of Youth and Family Life, serving in that capacity until 2004, when he became Associate Pastor. Upon the resignation of Rev. Doug Welch in 2005, Brad stepped into the role of Interim Pastor, until September 2006, when he accepted the call to become Senior Pastor. Since coming to Acton, he has been active in the New England District of the EFCA, serving on the ministerial board, the Camp Spofford board of directors, and various positions including chairman of the New England District board of directors.
Faith Evangelical Free Church has its roots in the Norwegian immigrant communities in Concord and Acton. It was founded as the Norwegian Evangelical Free Church of Concord in 1920 and affiliated with the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Free Church Association. In 1974 the church changed its name to Faith Evangelical Chapel and began meeting at the Conant School in Acton, until the completion in 1976 of the current building at 54 Hosmer Street. In 1993 the church changed its name to Faith Evangelical Free Church to highlight its affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America. A large addition to the building was dedicated for service in 2014, including a large multi-purpose room that is used for a number of community activities.
Remembering their own heritage as an immigrant church, Faith EFC is committed to immigrant communities, currently hosting Acton Korean Church, as well as Hope Chapel in Acton, a Brazilian church plant. A daughter church called Life Church in Ayer currently meets at Devens.
Since 2002 Faith has hosted the Journey to Bethlehem – A Living Nativity each year as a Christmas gift to Acton and surrounding communities. Although the Journey had to be canceled last year because of Covid-19, they are hoping to resume the tradition this fall. For information, go to www.faithevfree.org