Community Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) of Platteville, Wisconsin was founded in January, 1982 by seven families with a vision of a church faithful to the Scriptures, open to differences of opinion, and committed to reaching out to the community, particularly college students and children.
The church started with about 30 adults and children meeting in what is fondly remembered as the “Blue Shed”. The first pastor was called in the spring of that first year. God blessed his ministry and the church quickly outgrew the “Blue Shed” and moved first to the city auditorium and then into a strip mall.
The first phase of the present facility was a multipurpose auditorium constructed in 1984, followed by a classroom wing in 1988. A third building program in 2003 gave us our present facility. Throughout the years, the church has remained faithful to its vision. New programs for all ages and all stages of Christian walk have been added as the numbers and facilities have grown, but the vision has remained the same even as the details have changed.
CEFC has grown from an average attendance of about 50 the first year to about 300 today, with a membership of about 100 and a total church family of about 500. The congregation is not just from Platteville. About a third comes from communities out to a 30 mile radius. Additionally, during the academic school year another 10% of the congregation is made up of college students from all over Wisconsin. The congregation is a dynamic mix of long term and temporary residents. The Platteville area is one of the earliest settled areas in Wisconsin, with much stability, while the university population tends to be quite fluid. Attendees at CEFC include a mix of professionals and non-professionals with many gifts, talents, leadership, and other abilities.