Mission, Values, and Beliefs

We are Friends Church!

Our Mission

Love Jesus, Live Like Jesus, Lead Others to Jesus!

Our Core Values

  • God’s Word
  • Dynamic Prayer
  • Transformed Lives
  • Authentic Diverse Community
  • Generous Giving
  • Effective Outreach

Our Beliefs

The Evangelical Friends Church does not advance new teachings or doctrines. Instead, we seek to rediscover New Testament teachings and apply these age-old truths to our lives. As Friends, we believe:

  • God is our Father
  • Jesus Christ is “the Word made flesh” for us
  • The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Strengthener, and Guide
  • The Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by Him
  • A person receives forgiveness through repentance for sins and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior
  • The mission of the Church is to communicate the Good News of Salvation to people everywhere

Friends Heritage

The Friends Church began in 17th century England, under the leadership of George Fox, a man who experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and his heart was filled with joy. From this experience, the central conviction of Friends was born as he shared the message of Jesus Christ with great hope and joy.   The number of Friends (also called Quakers) grew rapidly.

Before long, many came to the New World and soon there were thousands of Friends in America. In 1681, the colony of Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, a prominent English Quaker. Historians have labeled the Quaker Movement from 1650 to 1690 as the fastest-growing movement in the Western World.

As Friends moved across the country, some settled in Ohio. By 1812, the Friends in Ohio had united to form the Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends. In 1971, Ohio Yearly Meeting became known as the Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region (EFC-ER), of which Friends Church, Willoughby Hills actively participates. The EFC-ER participates with a larger group known as Friends Worldwide, Evangelical Friends International-North America (EFI-NA).  

If you want to learn more about the EFC-ER, visit efcer.org.