About us

The Well began to formulate over 20 years ago when I had a conversation with a pastor friend on building a church with a core characteristic of reaching people far from God. The Well was born out of that early “what-if” conversation and continued to be a part of a larger vision God gave me. I have since married my wife, Christie, having 3 children along the way. During this time, God has given my family the same vision for church planting and we are excited to see that vision unfold today. We are all passionate about being a life-giving church in the city of Evansville. -Mark Hurt



Since the early days of our ministry, we have been blessed with a dynamic team of leaders.  The leadership has had fun laughing together, praying together, and simply enjoying life together.  Meet the leadership of The Well.  

our leaders:
Mark Hurt

Lead Pastor

Christie Hurt

Lead Pastor

Damien Jackson

Associate Pastor of Connections


Director of Worship Arts


Human Resources and Treasurer

Our mission & Core Values

The Well mission is to be a life-giving church through which people know God, grow in Spirit, discover purpose, and make a difference. 


the well core values are
  1. Compelling Weekend Services

    • We don’t just sit, we celebrate, we do church like a party, not a funeral

  2. Transformational Discipleship

    • We believe in God’s pursuit of the long shot, the second chance, the comeback story.  No one is too far gone for a turnaround.  

  3. Authentic Relationships

    • We love people where they are, so we will make a place where everyone can belong even before they believe. 

  4. Passionate Ministry

    • We hustle.  We don’t control outcomes, but we do control output.  We pray like it depend on God and work like it depends on us.  

  5. Community Engagement

    • We take chances.  We don’t play it safe while people are hurting.  We make decisions for the people that we haven’t met yet.



We want God’s Word to be the standard and authority for all we do.


We recognize, however, that there are a variety of interpretations of scripture even within the Body of Christ. At some point, we will encounter theological differences with Christians from other churches and our own. When this happens, we fully embrace the old axiom: In the essentials, unity (Ephesians 4:4-6); in the non-essentials, liberty (Romans 14); in all things, charity (1 Corinthians 13:2).


For a more detailed overview of the beliefs of the Free Methodist Church, please click here:



Every church, denomination, or ministry family has certain hallmarks that distinguish it from others. Let’s understand four key theological pillars about the Free Methodist Church.


  • Wesleyan-Arminian theological heritage

    • ​As a Free Methodist church, The Well upholds a distinctively Wesleyan-Arminian theology. On the continuum of Calvinism to Arminianism, ‘Wesleyan - Arminian’ is in the center, holding to the scriptural truths of both positions. In short, we see that the mystery and majesty of God’s sovereignty is so great that it includes man’s true free moral agency - the actual ability to choose.


  • Emphasis on Holiness

    • The pursuit of holiness has been a central focus since the Holiness Revival movements of the 1800’s that gave birth to the Free Methodist Church.


  • Concern for the Poor

    • One of the truest evidences of a healthy church is its concern and care for those who are in need.


  • Holistic Biblical Exegesis

    • The best theology is one that attempts to deal with the whole counsel of God’s Word rather than building a theology of personal preference around isolated portions of Scripture.



It’s crucial that we have an agreed understanding of the gospel, because it is the primary essence of what we share as a family united in Christ.

  1. God created me to have a relationship with Him (Ephesians 1:4-5).

  2. Man’s sin separates him from God (Romans 3:23) and results in eternal separation from God in hell (Romans 6:23).

  3. Jesus Christ saves us from our sin! The Son of God died on a cross to defeat sin (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and rose from the dead to defeat death (Acts 2:24).

  4. This salvation is a gift that is offered to everyone (John 1:12). It cannot be earned (Ephesians 2:8-9).

  5. Each of us must individually believe in Him and receive the gift of salvation He offers us (Romans 10:9).

Our Staff & leadership

Behavior values

  • Fun - We enjoy doing this.

    • We LOL a lot!

    • We rest and hobby well!

    • We take time to celebrate the victories, big and small.

    • “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”   Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

  • Work Ethic – We are servant leaders.

    • We have an attitude that says, “we don’t have to, we get to.”

    • We view what we do as a calling and a privilege.

    • We are joyfully ready to go above and beyond.

    • “Among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be a servant...”  Matthew 20:26 NLT

  • Loyalty -We protect the vision of The Well.

    • We prioritize a healthy culture over self-interest or self-preservation.

    • We walk in and are led by the Spirit, not by the flesh. 

    • We embody a spirit of unity even when we don’t fully understand.

    • We believe that the leadership of the church has our best interest in mind. 

    • “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT

  • Teachability  – We have a desire to learn and a willingness to change.

    • We confront the roadblocks to teachability (pride, fear, insecurity, pain and pace).

    • We ask great questions, knowing that we can learn from anyone.

    • We aggressively seek out learning opportunities.

    • We continuously evaluate and improve everything.

    • “Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path...” Psalms 27:11 NLT

  • Excellence - We desire excellence, not perfection

    • We function at a high pace.

    • We meet or exceed expectations with our quality of work. 

    • We are accountable for our responsibilities and accept the consequences when they are unfulfilled.

    • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.  Colossians 3:23

  • Resourcefulness - We see opportunities, not limitations.

    • We don’t just identify problems; we come up with solutions.

    • We use innovation and creativity in everything we do.

    • We have a mindset that says, “We have all that we need to get the job done.”

    • “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 NIV

  • Trust - We dare to be vulnerable.

    • We admit our weaknesses and mistakes and offer apologies without reservations.

    • We ask for help and accept input without defensiveness.

    • We believe others have pure intentions.

    • “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT

LOVE is the ultimate motivator of all our behaviors.