We are delighted that God has led you here.

We are a community of believers who desire above all else to honor and love the Lord Jesus Christ, who died that we might receive forgiveness and salvation. Our desire to spread this Good News is summed up in our vision statement:
To Raise Up a Faithful Generation with a Heart for God’s Truth, a Desire for God’s Purity, and a Zeal for God’s Way.
Service Times: 8:30am & 11:00am
Sunday School for all ages: 9:45am


Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith.  Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.  Alpha is run all around the globe and here at our church.  Alpha is an 11 week course and is offered in the spring and fall.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery ministry for people with all kinds of hurts, habits and hang-ups.  It has been successful at introducing people to a relationship with Jesus Christ, and has helped thousands of people become healthy, whole and passionate followers of Jesus.  Celebrate Recovery meets here every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm.

Center for Biblical Studies


Center for Biblical Studies offers classes in subjects such as hermeneutics, Bible surveys and theology.  We welcome men, women and serious young people who want to go deep in their study of the Word of God.  It will be geared to the level of mature believers who have a desire to be well-grounded to better minister in the church and the world of today.  Classes are offered twice/year.


--- Our Senior Pastor


“Our heart & soul is to connect people with the living God.”

Pastor Denny Johnson, born in 1958, was raised in central Minnesota south of the little town of Motley. His family attended the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church during his formative years.
He graduated from Motley High School in 1976, from Brainerd Community College in 1978, and from Bethel College in Arden Hills in 1980, where he majored in Political Science.
After a bid for state representative in his home district in central Minnesota fell short he entered seminary, graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois in 1983.
He served as pastor of the Burns Evangelical Free Church near Elk River Minnesota from 1983 to 1992. In August of 1992 he accepted a call from the Annandale Free Church where he has served since.
Pastor Denny and his wife Sue have 4 grown daughters: Bethany, Anna, Carrie, and Kelly.
Pastor Denny Johnson



--- Associate Pastor 





To raise up a faithful generation by using God’s Word to make disciples of children, equip parents to shepherd and encourage children to delight in God’s glory.



Raising up a generation of young men and women with a zeal for Christ alone. 


Life Groups

Life Groups exist to bring glory to God by making disciples through Gospel-centered community in an effort to “Raise Up a Faithful Generation”.  
Women’s MInistry’s purpose is to raise up a generation of women who know, love, and serve God. and seek to make him known, as they seek God’s truth, desire God’s purity, and have a zeal for God’s way.
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The Men’s Ministry exists to train and equip men so that they may know nothing but Christ and Him crucified, giving all glory to the Lord and enjoying Him forever.
young at heart1
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me. until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those who come.
Psalm 71:18


---Upcoming Events


Pancake Breakfast

 June 24th 2018



Vacation Bible School

July 22nd-26th   Register for VBS



Ben Calhoun Concert

 July 7th
 3:30-5:30pm Petting Zoo & Children’s Activities
 6-8pm Concert



By Shelley Karja – How a Rebel Found a Cause with the Help of the Lord

I was raised a Catholic and enjoyed going to church with my father.  I always believed in God, but as a teenager I put my trust in my judgement rather than following Jesus’ direction.

I became a rebel, started smoking pot at 15-16 years of age, which led to drugs and some alcohol. I hooked up with a guy my parents did not approve of, and I would not listen to them. I ran away from home, ending up in a foster home. My parents said “Pick him or us”.  At 17 I quit school.  At 18 I got married and life continued on a downward spiral.  More lies, drugs became very bad, and my husband was abusive.

With the help of my older sister, Chris, after our second anniversary I left the marriage and got a divorce.  I continued to smoke pot, got remarried in 1982 and had a son.  When he turned 2 I realized I needed help.  With the help of a sponsor I started with AA and found God was merciful and loving. I became sober and drug free in 1984. I became restless in my marriage, which ended in divorce.

At an AA meeting in 1989 I met my husband, Brad Karja. We found out that his mother and my mother were close friends.  Brad had two sons, and a short while later Brad and I had a daughter together. We blended our family of 5.





Annandale Evangelical Free Church has been serving and preaching Christ to the Annandale, MN area since it first began in 1915, over 100 years ago.  Built on the solid foundation of the Gospel, our mission is to raise up a faithful generation, with a heart for God’s truth, a desire for God’s purity, and a zeal for God’s way.  We’d love to get to know you and welcome you into our community of disciples of Christ.  Browse our website to learn more about us, and stop by to visit us any time!