Welcome to BeFree Dover!
At BeFree Church in Dover, NH, our purpose is to help one another respond to the invitation of Jesus on our lives to love God, love others, and make disciples. If you're curious about Jesus or you're not currently connected to another church community, come join us!
From the Blog
WHEN AND WHERE:
Sundays at 10am
One Washington Center in downtown Dover
One Washington St, Ste. 108
Dover, NH 03820
Parking is available in the parking lot just past the mill entrances on the left and also on the street in front of the mill.
Gathered and Scattered Life Together
BeFree views our life as a church as one that is both “gathered” and “scattered.” Our gathered life together centers around our weekly worship gathering where we uphold the values of worship, friendship, and mission in a corporate setting. Our scattered life happens throughout the week as smaller groups of people meet in Community Groups (CG’s) in order to uphold these same values of worship, friendship, and mission in a smaller, more intimate context. We seek to grow and go together throughout the week in CG’s, and gather to worship, encourage, and be equipped with our entire Church body in our weekly worship gathering.
Importance of Community Groups
We believe that CG’s are the primary environment for discipleship in our church community. While our weekly worship gatherings serve to encourage us through corporate worship and encouragement, we believe that the smaller size and more intentional venue of CG’s allow for greater growth in the Gospel and in engaging our community in mission. Community Groups ideally function as mini-churches living out the core practices of a community of disciples.
Key Values of Community Groups
The key values of worship, friendship, and mission that define our church are also the key values of community groups.
We desire to worship God together through reading and studying God’s Word, praying, and celebrating spiritual transformation and victories.
We desire to know each other and be known by each other, transparently sharing the joys and burdens of life in community.
We desire to engage non-believers around us through our community, inviting them to share our life alongside us.
Joining a Community Group
If you are interested in joining a CG, we are working on developing intentional and relational pathways for that process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining or forming a Community Group.
DIG at BeFree is a children’s ministry serving kids ages infant through middle school. Here at BeFree we believe God speaks to children about His redemptive story and they can respond to Him individually and within a community.
To learn more about DIG, click here to check out and subscribe to our blog:
Interview with Gina Henker explains the kind of environment DIG seeks to cultivate and how genuinely satisfying it is for her to worship with some of the youngest disciples at BeFree.
Gina grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with a BA in English from Cedarville University and an MA in English from the University of Louisville. She taught high school and college English until she suspended her career to raise her three children, Louisa, Thomas, and Camilla.
In 2011, her family joined BeFree Dover and she began volunteering in DIG. There she witnessed the beauty of DIG’s reflective engagement approach to children’s ministry, and God developed her passion for the spiritual formation of children. In 2016, she came on as the Children's Ministry Director.
Student ministry at BeFree is grounded in the desire to develop disciples who love God supremely, love others sacrificially, and reach out and make disciples themselves as an overflow of their love for God and others.
The discipleship of our middle school and high school students begins in the home, continues in the existing structure of the local church, takes expression in student-specific ministries, and overflows in mission to those students who are outside the church in our local schools. These circles of discipleship (the home, the church, student-specific ministry, and mission) and the philosophy behind them are detailed here.
High School Student-Specific Ministries:
Young Life: We partner with Young Life, an outreach to unchurched high school students, here in Dover. Young Life Club meets weekly on Monday nights at 7:30 PM, usually in the Dover BeFree Conference Room. Contact Bjorn Anderson (email@example.com) or for more info, visit https://seacoast.younglife.org/Pages/default.aspx
High School Community Group/Discipleship: We also encourage high school students to gather regularly for a time of discipleship and fellowship in a Community Group or small group times of discipleship. The High School Community Group is currently meeting on Sunday nights. For more info, contact Andrew & Cristy Tripp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
**We intentionally do not offer a Sunday morning class for high school students as they are encouraged to engage corporately with our church body in our Worship Gathering.**
Middle School Student-Specific Ministries:
DIG Classes: We offer specific DIG classes during our Worship Gatherings for 5/6 Grades and also for 7/8 Grades. These classes meet 3 weeks out of every month, with students spending the 4th week, engaging in the entire Worship Gathering with their family.
**Middle school DIG classes break during the Summer and resume after Labor Day.**
Wyld Life: Wyld Life is the middle school branch of Young Life and is beginning in Dover this winter. A wonderful team of leaders will be gathering middle school students 1-2 times each month on Friday nights for times of adventure and fun as well as Wyld Life Club events. For more information on Wyld Life please contact Bjorn Anderson (email@example.com)
Jamie grew up in Maine and New Hampshire. He graduated from UNH in 1998 with a B.A. in History. Immediately after graduating, he worked for several years in the financial and technology industries. All along, though, he felt led by God to pursue local church ministry.
After completing his Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Jamie moved to Dover in 2006 with his wife, Kiley, and their two children for the purpose of developing BeFree Church in Dover.
Bjorn grew up in the greater Boston area and graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 1998 with a B.A. in History. After teaching U.S. History in Georgia for a year, Bjorn joined Young Life staff in 1999, working in Virginia and Exeter, NH. Along with his wife, Abby, and their two boys, Soren and Nils, Bjorn moved to Dover in 2009 to re-start the Young Life ministry there. Bjorn currently works for Young Life as a staff trainer and new area developer.
The Anderson family joined Be Free shortly after moving to Dover and Bjorn began working as the Pastor of Community Groups in October 2012.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Gina grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with a BA in English from Cedarville University and an MA in English from the University of Louisville. She taught high school and college English until she suspended her career to raise her three children, Louisa, Thomas, and Camilla. In 2011, her family joined BeFree Dover and she began volunteering in DIG. There she witnessed the beauty of DIG’s reflective engagement approach to children’s ministry, and God developed her passion for the spiritual formation of children. In 2016, she came on as the Children's Ministry Director.
AJ was born and raised in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts. After transferring from Lehigh University, he graduated from UNH in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science—but only after having placed his faith in Christ at the end of his junior year.
In 2015, AJ followed God’s leading to enroll at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he is currently a full-time student in the Master of Divinity program. He decided to stay in NH and commute to GC in order to remain a part of BeFree Dover and continue his full-time job at a financial advisory firm in Portsmouth. He enjoys all racquet sports, philosophy, theology, and good conversation.
Joel grew up on the NH seacoast. He graduated from UNH with a B.A. in English and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he completed his Master of Divinity. Afterwards, he worked for a year at an orphanage in Ukraine with his wife Katy.
Joel and Katy returned to Dover and began attending BeFree in 2013. Since then, their family has grown to four with the addition of two daughters. Joel became the Pastoral Assistant in 2016. Outside of BeFree, Joel is an entrepreneur running Joy Lane Farm, a natural products startup.