Meet Our Team

Senior Pastors

  • Jack Smith

    Senior Pastor


    Positions at the church

    Senior Pastor, Prophetic Team Leader, Men's Ministry Co-Leader

     

    Childhood

    I was born in Marion Indiana at the age of 0. Grew up in the small little town of Warren Indiana. Went to Huntington North High School and graduated in 1976 the year of the bicentennial.

     

    Family

    This year (2017) I will have been married 20 years to my awesome wife Valerie. I have 2 younger sisters and 1 older brother. I also have a half-brother and a half-sister and two adopted sisters as well as many spiritual sons and daughters whom I love just as much.

     

    Education

    I have an Associates of Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Theology and a Masters of Arts in Theology.

     

    Before I was a pastor

    I have been and done many things. But mainly I have been a Plant Manager, a Production Manager, a Youth Leader, an Associate Pastor and I have also pioneered and pastored two churches.

     

    How I got saved

    To make a long story short. I was about to commit suicide when I heard the audible voice of God which eventually stopped me. After about a 3-hour encounter and conversation with Almighty God, I gave my life fully and wholly to Jesus Christ and that was over 33 years ago and I still gladly serve Him fully and wholly to this day.

  • Valerie Smith

    Co-Pastor


    Positions at the church

    Prayer Ministry Team Leader, Head of Missions

     

    Childhood

    Grew up in Lansing, Michigan in a neighborhood where we all played “Kick the Can” and “Frankenstein” and had to be home when the street lights came on.

     

    Family

    I live with my wonderful husband Jack and our three beloved Shih Tzu’s, Harley, Electra and Fat Boy.  We are happy to live close to my family and attend church with them weekly.  We also enjoy spending holidays with my family and visiting Jack’s family as well.  We are all Spirit filled, love Jesus and agree on all things Political.  This is like a radical gift from heaven.  Some families could only dream of this stuff!

     

    For an extended family – we count a multitude of dearly loved spiritual children, sisters, brothers, etc. and of course my more recently birthed “cop sons” who have a special chamber of my heart that is all their own.

     

     

    Education

    BA in Business and Master’s in Theology and random classes on everything in between.

     

     

    Before I was a pastor

    I was a congregation member in the church where I got Spirit filled, in 5 years I was on a Pastoral Leadership Team at my next church, in another 3 years I was co-pastoring a church start with my husband, Jack.  Previous jobs include a variety of sales and office jobs.  Everything from “shoes” in high school to van conversions after college.  Was an office manager at an addiction agency.  Worked at a CPA firm, advertising agency, and now part time for a software company.  Strangest job in light of my present position – head cocktail waitress at a discotheque called “The Bus Stop” that featured a bus crashing through the wall and a lighted dance floor, like in Saturday night live.  Managed 35 other waitresses and carried huge trays for last call, without spilling a drop.  Now I am only into the “New wine” that Jesus offers.

     

    How I got saved

    I was raised in faith in Christ – so it is not an “event” to me.  Getting Spirit filled was an event and that happened around the time I was 30 and was the most life altering event in my life.  It was the power to live for Christ.

     

Associate Pastors

  • Tim Haarer

    Associate Pastor of Worship


    Childhood

    Grew up in Mottville, MI area and too many memories to list!

     

    Family

    I have one brother and one sister. Married to Vanja Haarer and have 7 children.

     

    Education

    Associates Degree in Theology, Associates Degree in Respiratory Care

     

    Before I was a pastor

    Worship Leader, Made custom hardwood furniture for many years, currently a respiratory therapist

     

    How I got saved

    After I watched a Billy Graham Crusade on TV

  • Vanja Haarer

    Associate Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts

     

    Positions at the church

    Associate Pastor of Worship & the Arts, Bookkeeping, Life Coach

     

    Childhood

    Yes, I had one… with 2 sisters and a mom and a dad…and a dog, cat and parrot.

     

    Family

    A wonderful husband, Tim, and 7 wonderful children.

     

    Education

    Associates in Criminal Justice, Bachelors in Theology

     

    Before I was a pastor

    An overtime mom, educator, social services.

     

    How I got saved

    In a Methodist church during weekend revival services called a Lay Witness Mission.

  • Kathy Hulse

    Associate Pastor

     

    Positions at the church

    Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care, Team Leader of Hospital Visitation, Prayer Network, Worship Team

     

    Childhood

    Grew up in a Christian home.  We moved around a lot so I was often the “new kid” at school.  I was shy and introverted so it was difficult to make friends. I lived in Minnesota, South Dakota, Idaho, Washington State and Ohio. 

     

    Family

    My husband Dan and I have raised five daughters.  We have four sons-in-law and eight grandchildren—five boys and three girls. 

     

    Education

    I graduated from Flames of Fire School of Ministry with an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Life Christian University.

     

    Before I was a pastor

    Before I became an Associate Pastor, I served as an Elder and headed up the Hospital Visitation Team, was on the Worship Team where I was the Associate.  I headed up the Continuing Care Team, facilitated the Theophostic ministry and began the Sozo Team—which is on hold for now.

     

    How I got saved

    We were living in Minnesota at the time and attended a Baptist Church.  I was six years old when an Evangelist came to the church and held “special meetings.”  He gave the invitation to receive Jesus and I raised my hand.  Though I was sitting with my mom, I acted on my own and she was surprised that I responded.  I remember what I was wearing and praying with Mrs. Johnson to give my heart and life to Jesus.  I was very excited and shared at school.  I remember in fifth or sixth grade, cornering a friend in the bathroom, witnessing to her and leading her to Jesus.  Her mother, was not too pleased as they were a good Catholic family. 

  • Art Smoot

    Associate Pastor

     

    Childhood

    Large family of 9 kids. I have a twin sister. Lost my mother from cancer when I was 6 yrs. old.

     

    Family

    Married Evie in 07/06/79, I have 1 Daughter, 1 Son & 1 Step-Son. Seven Grandchildren and 9 Great-grandchildren (all 9 are girls)

     

    Education

    Went to the 10th grade and had to quit to go to work.

     

    Before I was a pastor

    Before a pastor I was an elder.

     

    How I got saved

    Got saved at Goshen Assembly of God in 1972. Fell away till 1979 and rededicated my life and never looked back again.

Elders

  • Greg Canen

    Elder

     

    Childhood

    Raised on a farm in Elkhart county with Father: Earl, Mother: Evelyn and Sister: Pamela

     

     

    Family

    Lovely wife, 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

     

    Education

    Graduated Northwood HS, Spartan Aeronautical Institute and an Associate’s degree in Biblical studies.

     

    Before I was an elder

    Attended New Life in Warsaw prior to attending EFIC for the past 19 years.

     

    How I got saved

    Attending an Eastman Curtis church service in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Vicki Canen

    Elder

     

    Childhood

    Happy mostly, grew up fishing and camping, playing guitar and oil painting

     

    Family

    Happily married! Mom & Dad still around, 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren & 2 great-grands! Blessed!

     

    Education

    GED, Cosmetology and associates in Biblical Studies

     

    Before I was an elder

    We attended New Life Christian World Outreach in Warsaw

     

    How I got saved

    At an Eastman Curtis Event in Minneapolis, MN

  • John Eicher

    Elder

     

    Childhood

    I grew up Amish until about age 5. Raised by my parents in Nappanee, IN along with 1 brother and 2 sisters.

     

    Family

    I have a wife, Kesha, and 2 kids, Josh (10) and Jace (3).

     

    Education

    2-year certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Rhema Bible Training Center

     

    How I got saved

    I was saved at a young age, about 7. I walked up our churches isle and prayed with an elder. I got lost in trying to serve him, and recommitted my WHOLE self to Him in 2009 with the help of my wife, mentor, and EFIC.

  • Kesha Eicher

    Elder

     

    Positions at the church

    Elder, childcare registration rep., offering counter

     

    Family

    Husband John Eicher and 2 children Josh and Jace

     

    Education

    Cosmetology license Elkhart beauty college

     

    How I got saved

    Parents led me to the lord as a small child but I re-dedicated my life as a teenager and got to know God in a way I had never experienced before having a relationship with him.

  • Leslie Guzowski

    Elder

     

    Childhood

    Born and raised in Southern California. Siblings: One biological brother, one foster sister. As a teenager, lived with Foster parents.

     

    Family

    Widow, One Son

     

    Education

    B.S. Psychology, Mathematics Minor. Liberty Baptist College (Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA)

     

    Before I was an Elder

    Regular attender at EFIC. Enjoyed serving in any capacity needed.

     

    How I got saved

    Through my best friend in high school. I was 16. I noticed something different about her and came to learn that it was the Lord. I attended a church gathering that showed the movies "A Thief in the Night" and "A Distant Thunder" and I accepted the Lord Jesus to be my Savior that night.

  • Dan Hulse

    Elder

     

    Positions at the church

    Elder, Worship Team Member, Photography Team Leader.

     

    Childhood

    Born and raised in and around Mt. Vernon, Ohio (Center of the state).

     

    Family

    Wife (for 49 plus years), Kathy. We have five adult children and eight grand kids. I have one brother who is ten years older than I am.

     

    Education

    Graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago.

     

    Before I was an elder

    In other churches, I have served as Deacon, Trustee, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Worship Team Member, Choir Member.

     

    How I got saved

    I was saved at the age of 12 during an evangelistic meeting at my home church in Ohio (Baptist). I became convinced that I was a sinner and I accepted Jesus as my Savior.

  • Valerie Sauer

    Elder


    Positions at the church

    Elder, Team Leader Accounting


    Childhood

    I am the oldest of 6 children. I went to a Lutheran Church as a child, went to catechism and was confirmed at age 12.  I didn't really have a relationship with Jesus though.


    Family

    I am a Wife to Bill Sauer, Mother of Megan and Nathan Gunn, Step mom to Sean and Katie Sauer and a Grandmother to Aidan Moorefield, Kamryn Millitello, and Kase Gunn.


    Education

    Graduated from Napoleon Ohio High school 1983, IUSB continuing education classes for accounting.


    Before I was an elder

    Team Leader Accounting, Multi Media, involved in prayer and on the Prophetic Team


    How I got saved

    As a young adult I saw the movie The Thief in the Night. It scared me so bad about going to hell. I believed in God but didn't live like it and I didn't go to church for several years after my children were born. They were going to church with their dad and stepmom and prayed for Bill and I to come to church. We went to Church one Sunday after Bill had a Holy Ghost experience. The service was powerful and I could feel God speaking to me directly about some stuff that I was going through. I decided to come back the next week and we have been there ever since.