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Evangelical Free Church
Bay City, MI
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Church Info


Bay City Evangelical Free Church (BCEFree) is a group of people who have been saved by Jesus Christ. BCEFree Church is not a building. It is not a worship service or a gathering of people. BCEFree Church is the saved people who have banded together to serve Jesus Christ in this organization.


Bay City Evangelical Free Church (BCEFree) gathers together for worship at:

604 S. Woodbridge St. Bay City, MI 48706.

Service Times

BCEFree meets for Sunday school for all ages on Sundays from 9:30a-10:30a.  The worship and teaching service starts at 10:45a on Sundays and usually goes until 12:00 noon.


Sunday School

(9:30am to 10:30am)

Children (Julia Rager and Gavin Bastian)

Teens (Dr. James Bodrie)

Adults (Pastor Joshua Rager)

Worship Service

(10:45am to noon)

A message from God’s Word. Worship songs with piano, acoustic guitars, bass guitar and vocals.

Small Groups

Starting again in Fall of 2021: Small groups of believers (8-12 people per group) gather in different homes once a week for 6-9 weeks to discuss study questions based on the previous week’s sermon.

(Sundays at 10:45am). 

Special Events

Check the church calendar for dates and times of the Upcoming Events.  Some events are designed to help us fellowship/enjoy spending time together.  Other events allow us to serve the community (i.e. the Yard Free or Trunk or Treat). Future events may include times of prayer or worship through singing.


BCEFree is led by Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church.  The congregation of believers seeks to carry out Jesus’ desires for BCEFree.  The deacon and elders seek to serve Jesus Christ by serving the people of BCEFree. 

Joshua Rager

Elder/Senior Pastor

Joshua Rager has been serving the church since 2020.  was first led to the lord in the year 1983. Joshua Rager continually strives to bring others closer to God.

Jordan VanGuilder


Jordan VanGuilder  has been serving the church since 2008. Jordan was first led to the lord in the year 1988. Jordan VanGuilder continually strives to bring others closer to God.

Dr. James Bodrie


James Bodrie has been serving the church since 2008. James Bodrie was first led to the lord in the year 1988. James Bodrie continually strives to bring others closer to God.

Scott Peterson


Scott Peterson has been serving the church since 2008. Scott Peterson was first led to the lord in the year 1988. Scott Peterson continually strives to bring others closer to God.

Church Beliefs

Doctrinal Statement from Church Constitution

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 other 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.

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.

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.