What is the Bible
What we believe about God
What is the church
Participating in Timeless Celebrations
Being Naturally Supernatural
God's relationship to humanity
WHY WE EXIST
“CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE SEE GOD”
…to the un-churched, “God is crazy about you”
…to the churched out of church, “Relationship not rules”
…to those close to God, “It gets even better”
HOW WE DO IT
Encounter the Good News
Experience Life in the Spirit
Express the Ministry of Jesus
THE HILLS WE DIE ON
My wife Jen and I live in Yorktown, VA with four of our five children: Parker, Eli, Kaelin and Ty. Our oldest son and amazing daughter-in-law, Kyle and Jenny, live in Richmond.
In October of 2004, I had the privilege of joining along side 26 other people to start Freedom Life and have been here ever since. My energy is primarily spent focusing on the vision of our church, coordinating our preaching team and supporting our Kingdom initiatives. Our Kingdom partnerships include organizations like the Virginia Unity Project and the Peninsula Baptist Association. In addition to serving at FLC, I also have the honor of serving as a Teaching Pastor at my mentor pastor’s church, The Chapel, a multi-campus church located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
When I am not at the church or the office, I am probably hanging with my family, at the gym, watching TV or playing some kind of sport. I love playing/watching/talking about football. Go Houston Texans!!
Random Facts: I have never broken a bone in my body. I currently have four tattoos (but can’t wait to get more), nothing annoys me more than the sound of people chewing food and I am afraid of birds.
I have had the honor of working beside my husband in ministry for the last 10 years! I have a large scope of varying responsibilities but most relate to my gift of administration. God knew at least one of us needed this gift! Bottom line: My job is to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
My family is my heartbeat. And my church is part of my family. My favorite part of being in ministry is being able to come to work every day knowing that I am making an eternal impact.
Random Facts: I have a six pound Yorkie named Benn. If it were up to me he would be listed up above with our children, but Freddy wrote that part. I DO NOT like bananas. I love coffee and coffee with a friend is even better. And I like to cook when I can take the time to enjoy the process.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTORMy wife Shawn and I, along with our son Tobias, are natives of the 757 area. We have deep roots here from friends, family, and childhood memories, and our hearts burn for this city to know the good news of Jesus. I have been involved in various ministry roles since 2006, such as student ministry, associate campus pastor, and now the Hampton Campus Pastor. Our prayer is that God will use us to ignite a passion for Jesus in the hearts of people and inspire them to become all God has created them to be. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Church Ministries from South Western Assemblies of God University.
Random Facts: I’m a life-long learner, leadership junkie, wrestling fanatic, ESPN addict, and Starbucks supporter. Being that I’m a social guy, I love hanging out with friends and family, making memories, laughing, joking, and just having fun. Life is a journey, and I want mine to be a fun one!
DISCIPLESHIP AND ADMINISTRATION PASTOR
My wife Karen and I live in Hampton, VA. We have 5 adult children (1 guy and 4 gals) and one grandson. We became Covenant Partners at Freedom Life in October 2012 and are humbled & privileged to be part of the staff. Prior to joining the team here I was on staff for 18 years with the Military Ministry of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), serving as National Director and most recently as Deputy Executive Director. I also have 30 years active and reserve service in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 2009. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Tech, Hoboken, NJ and a Masters in Biblical & Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.
For fun I like to work out, hang with my wife (from the picture you can tell I married way out of my league) and our family (3 of our daughters and their husbands live nearby). I’m also a rabid fan of the New York Giants and New York Yankees … I bleed “blue” during the football season and “pinstripe” during the baseball season.
Random Facts: I’m an Italian-American from North Jersey (I’ll leave the mob connections to your imagination) so I love pizza and Springsteen, and nothing beats the Jersey shore. I also once took down an Olympic Superheavyweight wrestling gold medalist (it was when I was a HS senior and he was our freshman heavyweight … but still …). I also have a great aversion for clowns, mimes and magicians.
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS PASTORMy wife Ashley and I were born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. We have three girls – Karis, Kelsey, and Kyla. I have been working with students in various capacities for the last decade. I have been in full-time youth ministry since 2014. I have a passion for youth and a deep love for making Christ practical and relevant for this generation. We are excited to see Jesus lifted high in the lives of students in the Hampton Roads area and looking forward to seeing how the world will change because of their lives. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic and Organizational Communications from Temple University. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. I am amazed at how God used me – even though I grew up a really shy kid, God continuously allows me to be a featured speaker at camps, schools, conferences, retreats, churches and youth groups.
Fun Facts. I likes to sing, dance, read, play video games, watch movies, travel and spend time with my family. My favorite movie is “The Last Dragon.” My wife and I love Hampton, but we are Eagles fans and we will always bleed green! Finally, I could eat chicken wings everyday of the week and never get tired of them.
WORSHIP MINISTERPicture it: Sicily, 1912. Okay, maybe a little later and somewhere totally different. I was the kid that could be found sitting directly behind the drummer at every church service. At an early age I watched my parents serve our church faithfully, which is how I developed a passion for serving God and His people. All throughout school I was involved in every music-based program available including several audition only ensembles ranging from city to state wide. While developing my craft at school, God was shaping my heart for ministry at church. Over the years I’ve been blessed to share the stage with a host of gospel greats and countless local legends. In 2008 God called Pastor Joe Baker to plant Refuge Nation Church where I was privileged to serve as Assistant Minister of Music for seven years. I am proud to be serving here at Freedom Life and I’m excited about everything God has planned on the journey ahead.
Random Facts: I love traveling but I don’t like road trips. I love new clothes but I don’t like shopping. I love to eat but I’m a very picky eater. I love music but I cant dance.
PRODUCTION AND ONLINE MINISTERI was born in Brooklyn, New York, and involved with music since I was 11 years old. At 13, my first time singing in front of an audience I sang “The National Anthem” for the New York City Police Department. Since then I loved to participate in school performances as well as community events. In 1995, I was invited to compete on a local “Star Search” and came in first place. To my suprise I was later offered a record contract with BNA Records (Tennessee). In August 2001, I gave my life to the Lord while serving in the United States Marine Corps. In 2003 I began leading worship for the first time in Hampton, Virginia. I’ve had the honor and privilege to partner with several worship teams both domestic and international, leading worship throughout the United States and overseas to include Nairobi Kenya, Dominican Republic, and Holland. In the midst of all that a passion for media and production developed in me as I began to be involved in many church productions and plays. I am blessed to be married to Nicole and we have two children; Israel and Ella.
Random Facts: I love to draw and studied architectural engineering and tattooing for a season. My brother and I were in “The Big Apple Circus”. I have a barbers license and Biomedical engineering degree. If anyone would care to play a round of golf with me, you can easily become my best friend.
CHILDREN'S MINISTERI grew up in the small Virginia town of Keokee. I married my husband Chad, with whom I have three wonderful daughters Jordyn, Peyton, and Ellisyn. In 2010, we moved to Hampton, and soon began attending FLC. In January, 2013, I began serving in the Children’s Ministry. I fell in love with ministering to the kiddos. I moved rapidly from serving once a month to becoming a weekly service manager; however, I felt called beyond those duties. In December, 2013, I began my internship in Children’s Ministry to become the Children’s Ministry Director. I love being a part of FLC staff. The encouragement and support each person brings to the table is amazing! I am extremely blessed to be on this amazing journey that God has called upon my life. In November, 2016, I was affirmed as the Children’s Minister at Freedom Life Church. Since then I have seen the Lord continue to stretch and grow me for His kingdom. My heart for the people in the Kingdom has expanded, as well as, my heart for different ministries. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me and my family here as in heaven!
Random Facts: I played collegiate softball for 4 years. I am twin. I am a coal-miner’s daughter. Reese’s is my favorite candy bar. A League of Their Own and Sweet Home Alabama are my favorite movies. I am SUPER competitive. I am a homebody. I LOVE watching football. I love tattoos (I currently have 20 and plan to get more).
P.S. My husband is pretty handsome!
OFFICE ADMINISTRATORI was born and raised in Hampton Roads. I graduated from Bethel High School 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University in 2008. I have lived in 4 of the 7 cities, so I tend to know a lot of people. As a matter of fact, I am related to probably half the church. LOL! Jk jk. Before I came to FLC, I worked at NASA for the maintenance contract for 11 years. My jobs there consisted of Equipment Analyst, Assistant Construction and Project Manager, and Office Administrator. I miss my co-workers there, as we were a big family. It was an incredible place to work and learn to become a leader. The Lord called me here to FLC after attending and serving for only 2 short years. It was absolutely a God thing to go from a government job to ministry… but I’d do it again in a heartbeat to be obedient to where God has called me.
I am married to an incredible husband and father, Josh. We have been together since 1998 and married since 2003. The best advice I can give to “make it work” is to put in the work. God wants to work through you and He wants your marriage to grow. Allow it! Plus, Josh loves to love me! We have 3 beautiful children that we waited a long time for. They have changed our lives. Our hobbies right now consist of going to the park, library and Busch Gardens. We love every minute of it too!
Random Facts: a few Bucket List items we have checked off our list- Skydiving, Scuba diving, White Water Rafting, trips to Cancun & Las Vegas with a bunch of friends, New York City on New Year’s Eve, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (destination wedding) and Hawaii. We are looking forward to one day going to Europe and taking an Alaskan Cruise.