What is the Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s word. In its’ original form, the Bible is inerrant, God-breathed and Holy Spirit inspired. It remains relevant, true and consistent.
What we believe about God
We believe that God is a good Father who loves His children. We believe in the Trinity-God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit- as three distinct persons in one entity. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who was crucified, died and rose to life so that we could receive everlasting life. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left his Spirit with us, abiding in us as our comforter and teacher.
What is the church
The local church is for the local gathering of the Body of Christ- equipping those who participate to learn about discipleship and spiritual truths while allowing for a chance to meet and build community with other believers. We believe the local church is both an emergency room for the spiritually hurting and an equipping ground to send out local believers to carry out the mission of God. As a local body, we realize that we are part of a much bigger picture-the global church. We partner with various local and global denominations and organizations who exist to help the lost and hurting.
Participating in Timeless Celebrations
- Baptisms– We believe that baptism is a public expression of a private decision to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. After you have made the decision to say ‘yes’ to Jesus, we invite you to participate in water baptism through full immersion. We do this by lowering you into the water, representing the washing away of dead things and raising you up out of the water, which symbolizes being raised to new life in Christ.
- Child Dedications– This is a moment for children to be dedicated unto the Lord. During a child dedication, parents make a public covenant to raise a child in the ways of the Lord.
- Communion- If you have accepted Jesus, we invite you to remember Him by participating in communion, commonly known as ‘The Lord’s Supper’. We participate in communion by partaking of a wafer as a representation of the Body of Christ, which was broken for us and grape juice as a representation of the Blood of Christ, which was shed for us.
Being Naturally Supernatural
As believers, we are invited into a lifestyle where the supernatural things of God become naturally a part of our daily rhythm. When we surrender full control to the Holy Spirit, who is alive inside of us, He equips us with spiritual gifts through the baptism of the Spirit. We believe that all spiritual gifts listed in scripture are for today and are to be used to equip the local church for evangelism. Our posture toward the public expression of spiritual gifts is one of invitation and not obligation; where anyone who desires to do so will experience the freedom to operate in the full power of God.
God's relationship to humanity
Our purpose is to have a relationship with God-to worship and serve Him only. In the Garden of Eden, the enemy tempted us to fall into temptation which separated us from unhindered relationship with God. Throughout Scripture, we see God’s redemptive plan to restore man back into relationship with Him. This resulted in God sending His Son, in human form, to walk among us and to become the ultimate sacrifice for man’s sin. Through the acknowledgement and acceptance of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, man is granted eternal salvation.
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
Generosity – We believe in God’s Word and so we believe in tithing – if it works for your house, then it works for the House of God, so we tithe 15% of all that we receive. Radical generosity opens the floodgates of Heaven to pour onto earth. Giving generously in time, resources, and love is what we do.
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.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATOR AND FINANCES
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.
James Wilson Jr.
HAMPTON CAMPUS PASTOR
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.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP
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.
ASSOCIATE CAMPUS PASTOR
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!
ONLINE CAMPUS PASTOR
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.
Pastor Kyle is a native to Hampton roads and has enjoyed serving in ministry for over 12 years. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor, providing leadership oversight for our Weekend Experience, Creative Department, Freedom Life Collab Podcast, Mentorship of Interns & Apprentices, as well as, Preaching and Teaching support for Weekend Services and the Freedom School of Ministry. He is a graduate of South Western Assemblies of God University with a Bachelors degree in Church Ministries. His Pentecostal fire adds fuel to our team and he is a joy to be around. He loves talking about Jesus, helping people with Nutrition & Fitness, Filming content for their family Youtube Channel “LivetoINSPIRE”, being a Husband to his wife Shawn and a Dad to his son Tobias.
Fun Facts: I’ve been a DJ, Marched for an HBCU, Been on Showtime at the Apollo, Competed in a Men’s Physique Body Building Competition, Love Hip Hop Music, Help my wife lead her Arts Company “Inspire Arts Collective,” and LOVE COFFEE!
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.
STUDENT / YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR
I am from Waynesboro, Virginia (small town in Western VA). I moved to Hampton, VA in 2016 after graduating from Randolph-Macon College for a computer programming job. I began attending Freedom Life Church in February of 2017. I began serving in media and student ministry and went on our Dominican Republic mission trip that same year. I applied to be an intern at the beginning of 2018 and served under Pastor James. I was growing and transforming in the midst. God called me to leave my computer programming job to be a Spanish teacher at a local Christian high school the spring of 2018 and I began teaching full time that fall. As God was moving me and stretching me in my faith and ministry – serving middle and high school students became my passion. I was invited to apprentice on staff at FLC the summer of 2019 to become the student pastor. In the midst of all of that, I proposed to my then girlfriend, Shanice and now we are MARRIED. I am blessed to be a part of this team and this church. God has shown Himself faithful even when I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing. That’s my story and I’m more than okay with that.
Random Facts: I’m a huge sports fan. Love trivia. I’m a 5 on the enneagram. CS on the DISC. INFJ on Myers-Briggs. I’m a borderline hoarder, but also borderline OCD – so that’s fun. Any fashion sense I now have is from Shanice. I played Division III college football for 4 years. Go Pack Go. Bronx Bombers. Wahoo-wa. And yes, I like to fish. Acts 4:13 is my favorite Bible verse. Isaiah 40:31 is the first Bible verse I memorized because my football numbers in high school were 40 and 31.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
I remember coming to FLC back in 2015 during the series titled Metanoia: Changing the Way You Think. Little did I know that this was the vision of the church…to change the way people think about God. With every weekend visit, my heart became changed by the love, warmth and grace of this church. My husband, Jason and I found our church home. I was able to volunteer for Children’s Ministry and see children change the way that they see God. During this time, I had the honor of becoming a mom to two boys, Bryson and Noah. My husband and I often boast that this is the only church my two boys have ever experienced, and I pray they continue to grow in faith and encounter Jesus in this family of God. My family has found a church home that we treasure and honor. My prayer for you is that this is a place that you can call home. I pray that you can always trust FLCKids to love your kids and show them Jesus. We are here to serve you.
Fun Facts: I love eating Mexican food. I can eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hate to run but for some reason try to run 2 half-marathons a year. I live in a tiny house with 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 husband. We love RV’ing and I hope to one day live full-time in one, but my husband thinks I am crazy. 😊 Camping is my happy place. My husband and I love to cook and eat. You are always welcome to come over and join us!
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.
I’m from a small country town in North Carolina, but make no mistake about it, I’ve never been a country girl. Both of my parents are pastors, so I spent my entire life in church, which is why I ran from a call to ministry for many years. In 2010 I graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a BA in Communication Studies. Upon graduating, I had every intention of pursuing a graduate degree in Public Relations, but God had other plans. I took a little time off from school and spent a year and a half singing and traveling with a gospel music group and in doing that, felt released to answer the Lord’s call to ministry. The Lord brought me to Freedom Life in 2012 and it was everything I’d been looking for in a church-even down to the type of hand soap that was in the restroom. In 2015 I completed my Masters of Divinity in Practical Theology with a concentration in Worship and Renewal from Regent University, which makes me sound super fancy and lofty so I don’t mention it very often. In late 2018, I accepted an invitation into FLC’s Pastoral Apprenticeship program and in late 2019, I accepted the offer to become Pastor Freddy’s Executive Assistant.
The most accurate biography I can give about myself is this: I am passionate about Jesus; His presence, His Kingdom, His people.
Fun facts: I met my husband, Airik Brown (see below) at Freedom Life in 2014. I am a Type 1 on the Enneagram. I love plants and home decor. I am unapologetically clean. I am happiest when at the beach; if I could live somewhere coastal and tropical year-round, I would.
I first joined Freedom Life Church in 2014 and began volunteering with the Media team almost immediately. In 2018, I was blessed to be brought on staff, and I consider this to be my dream job. Considering I went to law school for one year in 2014, I never thought I’d be here, but like they say, if you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans.
Random Facts: I graduated from Hampton University with a B.A. in History, which was a total waste of my parents’ money (being a tech director and what not), and have NEVER used my degree for anything other than a cool poster on my wall HAHA!!! I spent some prodigal years living in Los Angeles after graduating from college before realizing that Hampton is where my heart is. My love languages are food, sleep, and all black clothing.