FREEPORT, IL – Saturday, February 10, 2018

Apostle Michael & Pastor Susie Sowell along with other Pastors and leadership of Faith Center Freeport share the untimely passing of Church Elder Duane Wenzel following his transition to the Heavenly Father on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Deeply committed to his family, our church, and the community, Elder Duane delivered his final message at our weekly family service on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. In his sudden departure, we receive that final message and as faithful members of Faith Center Freeport, we praise God for the life of Elder Duane Wenzel.

Elder Duane was a family man and spiritual mentor to many who was well respected and loved for his passion to share and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by also sharing Bibles through his outreach work with The Gideons International. He also owned and operated Wenzel’s Painting for over 25 years since 1988.

He is survived by his beautiful wife Sherry, a sister, Marcia Meyers, a brother, Dennis Wenzel, 4 sons (Scott, Jeff, Tim, Dan) and 4 grandchildren (Brandon, Brittany, Deacon, Natalie). Faith Center Freeport joins the Wenzel family in thanking you for your prayers, condolences, and messages of love. The family appreciates your support, as they prepare for the homegoing service to honor Elder Wenzel. The date and other details will be announced in the near future.

About Faith Center Freeport

In 2009, Michael & Susie Sowell felt a call from the Holy Spirit to establish a multicultural, Word-centered church in Freeport, Illinois that would operate in the full gifts of the Holy Spirit.

They and others with the same vision settled on the 2nd Presbyterian Church building, located at 203 W. Pleasant Street in the Piety Hill neighborhood. It was for sale, but the asking price was far above the resources the team then had available. Miraculously, donors provided the exact amounts needed at each stage without knowing of the need, and the people of 2nd Presbyterian graciously lowered their price so that God’s work could continue in the location right away. When Faith Center Freeport opened on June 26th, 2010, we were completely debt free.

Since then, FCF has grown rapidly and has opened Joseph’s Pantry, a supplemental food ministry serving the working poor. We’ve also been able to purchase additional properties in Freeport to aid in the restorative mission of the Gospel. The church now owns the former Glick’s Triangle building, which is being transformed into Joseph’s Training Center, an outreach providing vital ministry and skills training for those in need. For more information visit


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