Meet Our Pastor

Mike Giesenhagen joined Hutchinson Evangelical Free Church (HEFC) in March 2019.  This is his first pastoral role in Minnesota, although he has served in a variety of ministries in the past.  Mike has served as an intergenerational and senior adult ministries at a megachurch, as a youth and associate pastor in a smaller church, and explored church planting and senior leadership at a multi-site church in southern California.

Mike has a Master of Divinity degree from Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology outside of Los Angeles, California.  Prior to attending seminary, Mike worked for 6 years in leadership for Target and distribution in California and Minneapolis, utilizing the business degree he received from the University of Southern California.

Mike is passionate about helping each person take the next step of faith in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  For some, that means connecting with other believers.  For others, it may include a stronger prayer life or additional training.  He has a desire to help people find the gifts that God has given them and provide opportunities for them to serve and encourage others in the body of Christ.

Mike has been married to his wife, Nicole, since 2013.  They have one daughter, Grace, who was born in 2015.  Both Mike and Nicole grew up south of the Twin Cities in Lakeville, and New Prague, respectively.  They love trying and exploring new things, and some of their favorite activities include playing games and time outside.



Statement Of Faith


The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:


1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed.  With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil.  In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.





Mission Statement


The Hutchinson Evangelical Free Church (HEFC) desires to be a relevant, relational fellowship. We believe the Church is a people growing in relationship with God and one another. We will intentionally build:

  • Solid personal relationships with God through Jesus Christ by the relevant application of the Living Word of God through worship, small groups and ministry opportunities.
  • A strong, united fellowship by encouraging each person to use their ministry to build up one another to the likeness of Jesus through love.
  • Relationships with friends and those we come in contact with daily so that all may be drawn to the light and likeness of Jesus Christ.