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First Free is a congregational church that has an Elder Board to provide directional leadership, along with Deacons and Trustees to aid the work of ministry both spiritually and operationally. We also have other elected or appointed leadership positions.

Our Elders

Ed Campbell
Rob Gibala
Damon Howard
Pastor Kevin Labby
Pastor Joel Rishel
Daniel Zajdel

Deacons and Deaconesses

Nathaniel Buck
Dean Dittmar
Theresa Florian
Sarah Howard
Lisa Meilander
Paul Neff
Hannah Rish
Dan Sites
Adam Slafka (Associate Deacon)
Jeremy Vogel (Associate Deacon)


Laurie Bezeck (Financial Secretary)
Sam Coccia (Chair)
Bill A. Fawcett
Jesse Fawcett (Associate Trustee)
Bill Haines
Joel Meilander
Adam Rish (Recording Secretary)
Larry Shirey
Owen Zajdel (Treasurer)

Women's Ministry Director

Sarah Howard

Head Usher

Barry Wagner

Nominating Committee

Roxie Buck
Randy McDonald
Mike Sapelli
Julie Squires
Rick Tarsala
Stephanie Zajdel