First Time Visit

Living Hope Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The EFCA is an association of autonomous churches united around the same theological convictions. For more information on our vision, mission, and beliefs you can navigate through our "About" page. Weekly worship is every Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Each service includes a variation of the following: preaching of the Bible, worship, prayer, communion and baptism. A variety of classes are provided for grade school, high school, and adults at 11:00 am. The classes are either downstairs in the lower level classrooms or in the sanctuary. We do not pass an offering plate, however if you feel led to give an offering, there is a designation spot in our lobby. We look forward to getting to know you!

Teaching Style

Pastor Mark offers an expository preaching style. Expository preaching is a form of teaching that focuses on the meaning and details of a particular text, passage or book of Scripture. The goal is to help explain what the Bible means by what it says.

Music Style

In our worship, we use a blend of music drawn primarily from contemporary Christian worship music, but take care to include treasured traditional hymns. Our unique blend of music varies from week to week as it is chosen and led by a rotation of several volunteers. Song choices coordinate with the week's teaching and meet the abilities of our available musicians.

What to Wear

You are welcome to wear what you feel comfortable in - whether it be a suit and tie, dress and heels, jeans and a sweater, or t-shirt and shorts. We are pretty laid back and want you to come as you are.

Children & Students

Both worship and Sunday School offer nursery care and kids' teaching. The nursery, ages 6 weeks through 3 years, is located on the main level and may visit from 9:15 am- noon. Pre-K-5th grade students will attend worship with their parents until dismissal where leaders will escort them to children's classrooms downstairs. Our Children's Ministry Coordinators are Grace Shaw and Belinda Bates. 6-12th grade students are invited to enjoy the entire worship service and sermon time with their families in the sanctuary. Youth are invited to attend Sunday School following the service in the youth rooms downstairs. Our Youth Pastor is Scott Shaw.


The story of a local church, like an individual, unfolds in a unique way. An appreciation of the beginning and past provides perspective for understanding its present manifestation. 

Living Hope Church, formerly Grace Evangelical Free Church (GEFC), began through some group Bible studies in the 1980’s. The desire was to establish a Bible-preaching church in Jefferson City that was open to people from a variety of backgrounds. We encourage all to develop a personal relationship with Christ and welcome into membership all who show evidence of such a relationship.

The first public worship service was on Easter in 1986. Bart Larson, a current attender, preached those very first sermons. At that time, the congregation was characterized by systematic teaching of the Scriptures, a family atmosphere, a concern to reach the lost, and support for missions. Many church plants do not survive more than a few years, and Living Hope endured its share of challenges.

In 1998, I was called to become the pastor. A congregation is more than its pastor or even the members. There is a dynamic of the Spirit at work in the group life of the people. As of this writing, I have served the congregation for almost 19 years. Many people have come and gone; each one was significant. It has been my aim to keep Christ central, holding fast to this principle: “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone complete in Christ (Col. 1:28).” We long to see people transformed by God’s word to transform the world. It can happen, but one person at a time.

Come join in our story. 

Pastor Mark Kiekhaefer


Interested in becoming a regular attender?


Living Hope Church

3011 S. Ten Mile Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109

Phone: 573.893.3359

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