ABOUT US

OUR HISTORY

In 1999 Eugene Helms and his wife Marilyn were selected by the people of the Bloomfield Full Gospel Church as their pastors.  At that time, the church’s home was in a remodeled century-old schoolhouse that was known as the Coen School.  At the time of his selection, Eugene had shared his vision of finding another home for the church that would have a larger building with more parking.  While continuing to hold services, the people began working together to find that new home.  The end result was the property and facility we have today.

The property was owned by a couple who had purchased the property and built the facility to relocate their machine shop from Chicago to Greene County.  Due to business developments, they decided not to relocate their business as originally planned.  Church representatives approached the couple and worked out an arrangement to acquire the property.  The couple took a step of faith and agreed to set up a contract to lease with option to buy.  The people began to work together to remodel the interior of the building for a sanctuary, classrooms, fellowship hall, kitchen, restrooms, and a church office.  A new name had been adopted for the church, Word of Life Fellowship. With some spaces still unfinished, the church moved into the new facility in 2002.

Work continued on the unfinished spaces while holding regular church services.  Through the faithful giving of the people and God’s help, the church was able to complete all the terms of the contract—the rest is history!  Both internal and external modifications continue to be made to adjust to the church’s needs.  A recent addition of playground equipment for the children is such an example.  We are continuing to grow and welcome you to join us!

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  To lead people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus, recognizing Him as both Savior and Lord.  To encourage believers in their walk of faith.  To provide them an environment of fellowship to grow and be disciples for Him.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to be a church of people who help people.  We want to be a place where people can feel loved and exercise the gifts God has given them.  We want to let God’s love shine through us, being a light in our community.  We want people to see Jesus through us!

OUR STAFF

Eugene Helms

Pastor

Eugene has been the pastor of W.O.L.F. since its beginning, nearly 20 years ago.  He has been involved in ministry for over 50 years.  He is truly dedicated to this church and we love and appreciate him!

Perry Vanhentenryck

Associate Pastor

Perry was called to be ordained 4 years ago.  He has great passion for the Lord and he does not attempt to hide it, and everyone is better for it!

Ron Helderman

Assistant Pastor

Ron has been a pastor for 46 years.  He joined the team at W.O.L.F. 4 years ago and has been a blessing.  Everyone loves his shouts of GLORY!

Yvonne Vanhentenryck

Assistant Administrator

Yvonne has been involved with ministry for most of her life and was ordained 4 years ago.  She has been doing the administrative duties of the church for the last 3 years.  She can be heard singing her songs of worship all the way to heaven and the angels must be rejoicing as much as we are in the pews!

Marilyn Helms

Co-Pastor

Marilyn has been co-pastor of W.O.L.F. at the side of her husband for 20 years.  She has been at his side in ministry for over 50 years.  She can always be seen helping someone and it is with obvious heartfelt sincerity.  Her love for God and this congregation and community is easily felt!