Pastors

 

Pastor James Fry (Senior Pastor)

Pastor Jim has been married to his wife, Lisa since 1980. They are the parents of four children: Amanda, Jimmy, Angie, and Jacob. Jim graduated from Paulding High School in 1976 and Grace Bible College in 1980 with a Bible/Theology major and a minor in Greek. Jim served as the administrator of Chapel Christian Academy in 1981-1982 and began his pastoral ministry in 1982 with the WKNC circuit churches. He was an original member of the Singing Fry Family for 16 years. In July 1986 he began an adventure of faith, starting the Free Christian Church with the help of 20 people of promise and the leading of God who makes all things possible.

 

 

Pastor Mike Baxter (Associate Pastor – Administration)

Pastor Mike and Pastor Lisa have been married since 1989.  They are the parents of three daughters: Amanda, Erin, and Emily.  They have attended Free Christian since 1995 and began working with the Youth in 1997.  Mike became a full-time Associate Pastor in July 2002 and has moved from Youth ministry to supervising the Media ministries.  Mike was ordained by the Church of God in March 2004.

Pastor Lisa Baxter (Associate Pastor – Women/Family)

Pastor Lisa has been married to Pastor Mike since 1989. She has been attending Free Christian Church of God since 1995 and began working with the Youth in 1997. Pastor Lisa has moved from Youth ministry and became the Women’s pastor in July 2002. She now works with the Adult and Women’s ministries and teaches weekly Precept classes. Lisa was ordained by the Church of God in September 2006.

 

Pastor Jimmy Fry (Associate Pastor – Youth/Worship)

Pastor Jimmy has been married to his wife, Andrea since 2004 and they have three children Ajalyn, Maria, and Judah.   He was licensed by Free Christian Church of God in September 2009 and became the Youth Pastor and assistant Worship Minister in January 2010.  On January 1, 2012 Jimmy was added to the full time staff as the Youth and Worship Pastor and in 2016 became the Pastor over Ministries and Missions.

Pastor Kevin Vorst (Associate Pastor – Building/Grounds)

Pastor Kevin has been married to his wife, Becky since 1992 and they have four children: Adam, Nicole, Tyler, and Amanda. Kevin has attended Free Christian since 1995 and became the Assimilation Pastor in 1999. His duties include welcoming new members to the congregation and answering any questions they may have. Pastor Kevin also visits people in the hospital and in their homes. He is the Pastor over the Trustee Board, which is in charge of maintaining the church property and is employed full time at Unverferth Mfg., Kalida, Ohio. Pastor Kevin was ordainded by the Church of God in September 2007.

 

Pastor Christy Nehls (Associate Pastor – Children’s)

Christy came to Free Christian 2001, married Tony in 1997, has two children Ethan & Elicia, and in 2002 started working in Children ministries. She became the Children’s Ministries director in 2004 and pastoral licence in 2012 In 2011 she started teaching the parenting class Raising Kids with God in the Mix. In her past she owned and operated a daycare/ preschool, worked in the area school systems in reading intervention until 2010 and taught with HARC CCNO jail ministries for several years. Christy speaks at various conferences, churches, and events every year.

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