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Pastors and Staff

First Free Church has a team of pastors and staff devoted to declaring and demonstrating God's power to make healthy disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Our Pastors

 

Labby 2 - 300 - RoundKevin Labby

Lead Pastor | Email

Kevin recently came on staff in 2021, but has served in church ministry for twenty-three years. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Grove City College, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. He also completed doctoral coursework through Reformed Theological Seminary. Before serving at First Free, Kevin served as the Senior Pastor of congregations in the Orlando and Pittsburgh areas. He is married to Molly and is father to three sons and one daughter. The family has two golden retrievers: Marigold and Cali. Kevin enjoys hiking, canoeing, target shooting, deer hunting, and reading. As a family, they enjoy museums, parks, trips to the beach, and cultural events.

Albrecht - 300 - RoundKirk Albrecht

Pastor of Discipleship | Email

Kirk Albrecht is our Pastor of Discipleship, and also directs Global Ministry. He has been on staff since 2000. Kirk has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Syracuse University and a Master of Divinity from Trinity International University. Kirk and his family lived overseas for 10 years, and he has been to 19 different countries. He was a seminary professor for three years and has led cross-cultural ministry trips in Peru, Thailand, Senegal, Belgium, England, Cyprus, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and the Middle East. He has written for more than two dozen publications. He is married to Sarah and is father to three sons Joshua (married to Shea), Nathan, and Zachary, and two grandsons. There is nothing he likes more than a good bowl of hummus and a plate of grape leaves. When he’s not at church you can find him reading, exercising, watching soccer, or strumming his guitar or mandolin.

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Pastor of Students and Young Adults | Email

Alex came to First Free in June of 2017. He is from Pittsburgh and has been in ministry since 2001. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Robert Morris University and a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry. He is married to Jennifer and they have four children. Alex enjoys partnering with a mission in Uganda, serving as the chaplain for a local minor league baseball team, and equipping students and young adults for service at home and away. Alex enjoys time with the family, eating food, sports, fishing and just joking around!

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Pastor of Children and Families | Email

Joel joined our team as the Pastor Of Children & Family Ministry in May, 2016. He loves creating contexts for children to have “Aha!” moments, and training parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Joel received a B.A. from Grove City College and his M.Div. from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, and he has over 10 years pastoral experience. He and his wife, Cindy, have four boys: Lucas, Martin, Jude and Lander. Whenever Joel has free time he loves to read, tackle another DIY house project, cooking with his wife, and becoming more like Jesus (not necessarily in that order). And did we mention, he loves to read? 

Our Staff

 

Demolin - 300 - RoundNancy Jo Demolin

Director of Creative Arts | Email

Nancy Jo Demolin currently serves as Director of Creative Arts – a role her rich ministry background has helped prepare her for. She earned a B.S. in Music Education from Clarion University. She has taught music in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and spent a two-year missionary term teaching at Kansai Christian School in Nara, Japan. Nancy Jo has also served as Worship Leader at two churches and at numerous Women’s Retreats and Conferences. She is also an accomplished freelance pianist, rehearsal pianist and pit band musician, playing at festivals as well as high school and community musical productions. Nancy Jo married Felix in 1990 and they have one daughter, Hannah. She is an avid reader, Steelers and Penguin fan. 

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Business Manager | Email

Joe is the Business Manager and his main responsibility is handling the financial recordkeeping and reporting for First Free. He has been serving on staff since April 2016. Prior to his employment at the church, Joe worked for six years at PNC Bank where he performed various accounting functions in the Technology and Operations Department. He completed collegiate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in December 2006 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration. He served in Student Ministry as a youth leader for five years and currently serves as co-leader of the Elevate ABF. Joe is married to Julie and has a daughter named Chloe. He thoroughly enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, food, sports, music and hiking (especially the Laurel Highlands and Smoky Mountains).

Troncone - 300 - RoundAmanda Troncone

Director of Communications | Email

Amanda has been on staff since 2019. As the Communications Specialist, her roles vary and include: digital media development, website management, digital design, marketing, event promotion, photography, videography and more. As an early graduate from Waynesburg University, she graduated in December of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, a minor in Journalism and Lambda Pi Eta communication honors. Amanda spends her free time volunteering with our youth group as a middle school girls leader and directing church productions, such as our annual Live Nativity event and our Summer Blast and Summer Pop teen theater. She also loves taking care of her plants, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her friends.

Neimann - 300 - RoundDebbie Neimann

Student Ministry Assistant | Email

Debbie serves alongside Pastor Alex Ielase, helping to lead students while offering overall administrative and supportive assistance for our student ministry. Whether for weekly ministry meetings, special events, annual outreaches in McKeesport and Ocean City, MD, Debbie helps bring our student ministry to life.

Jewel - 300 - RoundBeth Jewel

Children's Ministry Assistant | Email

Beth serves alongside Pastor Joel Rishel, offering administrative and supportive assistance to our ministry to children and their families. Whether for Sunday morning programming, our midweek Awana ministry, annual events like Summer Blast and Summer Pop, or special events, Beth works with Joel and his team to make First Free a special and safe place for children to become healthy followers of Jesus.

Cheryl Reeger

Front Office Assistant | Email

Cheryl is the friendly and professional presence in our front office. A part of the First Free Church family for years, Cheryl knows the faces and places of First Free better than most. She manages her long list of responsibilities with kind-hearted efficiency, keeping our ministry running smoothly and its members, friends, and staff well connected. 

Joe Rymarowicz

Building/Grounds Maintenance 

Joe is the faithful and friendly servant making sure our building and grounds remain ready for dynamic ministries on Sunday and throughout the week. Also a part of the First Free Church family for years, Joe's care for First Free goes well beyond its property to its people.