Tim & Leann Winton, Lead Pastors
I was born and raised in Kokomo, IN. My third grade teacher told me that I was dumb and never would amount to anything in life. This affected my view on life moving forward, which all changed on August 8, 1991, at 8:10 pm with a bottle of prescription pills in my hand ready to take my life when I heard Jesus say, “Life and death is before you, choose”. I chose Life and surrendered my world to God that night.
I met Leann, my wife and best friend, in early 1992 and were married in August, 1993. I then enlisted in the USAF thinking that it was my career; however, God had other plans. I served for four and half years until he was medically discharged.
Going into the ministry from that point, Leann and I served as children pastors, youth pastors, young adult pastors and as associate pastors. God led us to birth our first church in the Dayton, OH area in 2003 and served that community until 2009 when God birthed what is now known as Freedom Church.
We have a heart for God and His presence and desire to connect people to God and others. Our mission is simple: Bring people to Jesus, train them and release them to do the same.
Pat & Sheri Carter, Associate Pastor
Sheri and I both grew up in New Castle and have been married since 1992. After high school, we both attended Purdue University where I obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree while Sheri received a Social Work degree. I went on to obtain a MBA from Ball State University. We have been blessed with three sons; Nick, Ross and Grant.
The call of God came quite undeniable and unexpectedly in October of 2007 as Sheri and I were engaged in life being a father and mother of three sons. I was already embedded into a career with Chrysler. I compare it to the burning bush account written Exodus 4:10 in which Moses debated with God “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” After much prayer and debate with the Lord, however, I was obedient to the call and began the credentialing process through Assemblies of God Indiana School of Ministry.
Both Sheri and I find great fulfillment in serving the Lord. We are very active in Men’s and Women’s ministries and our passion is outreach and seeing the Holy Spirit work outside the church walls.
Andrew & Abigail Lawler, Youth Pastors
We have been in ministry for the last ten years, most of that time being spent with teens. We have two young children (Hadassah and Nehemiah). As a family we enjoy spending time at parks, anything nature related, and playing video games at home. We also love to grill and have bonfires to make s’mores! We have a deep love for teaching the Bible and helping others grow in their walk with Christ.
Chris & Amanda Ables, Children’s Pastors
I am a graduate from Cedarville University with a degree in Pastoral Studies. I have worked in the children’s ministries in Ohio for over 7 years. Amanda went to World Harvest Bible College where she studied Praise and Worship. She served as worship pastor for 7 years before she and I married. We dated for 3 1/2 years before getting married in July of 2010. Amanda and I are self proclaimed nerds who love Jesus, video games and anything Disney.