ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Chris Elflein was officially installed as lead pastor of Homestead Church on March 22, 2018. He previously served as lead pastor at First Assembly of God in Sulphur, OK, and as associate pastor at Portview Church in Port Washington, WI.
Chris graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2007. He is passionate about studying and sharing God’s Word through relevant and inspiring messages. His goal is for Homestead to be a place where people can continue to grow spiritually within a community of believers committed to becoming more like Christ.
Pastor Chris is married to wife Holly, who has a degree in child development and currently leads the children's ministry. They have two sons, Cohen and David. The family enjoys spending time together outdoors, hiking, backpacking and camping. They also love to read, and are fans of all of Wisconsin’s sports teams.
OUR MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY
Here at Homestead Church we have adopted a simple ministry philosophy. By that we mean that we have aligned every ministry in the church to work toward accomplishing the same overall mission: to help each person grow in Christ and share His love with all.
Each ministry works together as part of the same process. The steps have been clearly laid out and are easy to follow. We believe that by intentionally focusing all of our resources and efforts, we will see real spiritual growth take place in the lives of every believer.
Homestead Church, previously Homestead Fellowship, was founded in Jan. 2003 by Pastor Steve Schroepfer and wife Jackie. The church met in the Schroepfer home, and several Fox Valley churches provided direction and financial support during those first crucial years.
Homestead soon grew and eventually rented space in a strip mall. However, the church soon outgrew that facility, and the current church building was purchased in 2011. Homestead's leadership team has projected 5- and 10-year growth plans.
Since the beginning, Homestead has valued relationships. Whether it is learning together, serving together, or just sharing good food and conversation, we are building connections.
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, and is the "guide" by which God calls us to live our lives.
At Homestead Church, we practice open communion (Lord's Supper). This means that if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and believe that He is your only means of salvation, you may join us, even if you're a member of another church/denomination.