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 represents 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. In addition, family members, friends and our congregants make a public covenant to participate in teaching the 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 the partaking of a bread as a representation of the Body of Christ, which was broken for us, and partaking of 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.
James Wilson Jr.
NORFOLK CAMPUS PASTOR
My wife Ashley and I were born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. We have three girls – Karis, Kelsey, and Kyla. I have been working with students in various capacities for the last decade. I have been in full-time youth ministry since 2014. I have a passion for youth and a deep love for making Christ practical and relevant for this generation. We are excited to see Jesus lifted high in the lives of students in the Hampton Roads area and looking forward to seeing how the world will change because of their lives. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic and Organizational Communications from Temple University. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. I am amazed at how God used me – even though I grew up a really shy kid, God continuously allows me to be a featured speaker at camps, schools, conferences, retreats, churches and youth groups.
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.
HAMPTON CAMPUS PASTOR
I grew up in the small Virginia town of Keokee. I married my husband , Chad , in 2010 and we have three beautiful daughters- Jordyn, Peyton, and Ellisyn. Right after we got married, we moved to Hampton and started attending FLC. I began my years in ministry with the children in 2013, then shifted to families, then to campus wide! I have seen the Lord continue to stretch and grow me for His kingdom. My heart for the people in the Kingdom has expanded, as well as, my heart for different ministries. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me and my family here as in heaven!
I have the honor of pastoring with my husband. Our heart is that everyone would feel seen, known and loved. Also, that we can point everyone to Jesus.
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 over 30)
P.S. My husband is pretty handsome!
SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTOR
My wife and I were married on July 14, 2001 and God gave us two beautiful children- our older daughter Adlai and our son Eliel. My wife was born in the city of Guadalajara and I was born in Cd. Guzman, both in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Shortly after getting married, we were both ordained as Pastors in 2002. My wife graduated from law school and I graduated with an electrical engineering degree. We have always had a huge passion for establishing the Kingdom of God here on earth.
From the first moment we set foot in Freedom Life Church in the city of San Antonio TX, we felt embraced and like we were already a part of the family. Today, we have the honor and privilege of serving as Lead Pastors at the FLC San Antonio Campus and of trying to provide our community with a relevant church built on a strong foundation of God’s Word.
Random Facts: We have a little Maltipoo dog, her name is Chanel. I never imagined I would ever own a pet or let it inside my house, much less did I imagine it would be sleeping in our room, but Chanel has earned a place in our hearts! I love food and I love trying new flavors. I also enjoy cooking Mexican food.
ONLINE CAMPUS PASTOR
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and involved with music since I was 11 years old. At 13, my first time singing in front of an audience I sang “The National Anthem” for the New York City Police Department. Since then I loved to participate in school performances as well as community events. In 1995, I was invited to compete on a local “Star Search” and came in first place. To my surprise I was later offered a record contract with BNA Records (Tennessee). In August 2001, I gave my life to the Lord while serving in the United States Marine Corps. In 2003 I began leading worship for the first time in Hampton, Virginia. I’ve had the honor and privilege to partner with several worship teams both domestic and international, leading worship throughout the United States and overseas to include Nairobi Kenya, Dominican Republic, and Holland. In the midst of all that a passion for media and production developed in me as I began to be involved in many church productions and plays. That passion lead to developing an online campus. I am blessed to be married to Nicole and we have two children; Israel and Ella.
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.
HAMPTON ASSOCIATE PASTOR
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!
NORFOLK ASSOCIATE PASTOR
A self-proclaimed contemplative-charismatic and theology-nerd, I am always happy getting lost in a book and even though I’ve been involved in worship and music for more than half my life, I feel most connected to God in silence and in nature (especially if there is a beach and a sunrise involved). Things that make me happy: running, working out, listening to live jazz, hoarding books, and making things with my hands. My husband, Jasper, and I live in Norfolk with our three children, and our three cats. We love hosting and often have people from several different nations gathered around our table, and there is always room for more!
SAN ANTONIO CAMPUS PASTOR
In 2012, I was invited by a friend to Freedom Life Church in Hampton, Virginia and the course of my life was forever altered. In 2013, I felt the call to move to the great city of San Antonio to help start our second campus. I moved right after getting my degrees in Psychology and Biology from Christopher Newport University. Since then, my husband finished his time in the Marines and joined me, we added a daughter (Jessica), a dog (Sophie), 2 sons (Lucas and Zeke).
I love anything to do with health, the mind, science, and basic human/child development. After moving to San Antonio, I helped start our campus, develop our Children’s Ministry for a few years, and then I shifted over to resident “ninja” of all things. Whatever you need, I’ll help with, and if I don’t know about it I’ll make it a point to learn it (except anything musical, I’m in retirement)! I never get tired of seeing people encounter the goodness of God and it has been an honor to work with the team to help make those moments happen.
In our off time, you can find the Walker family hiking, exploring a new nature park or river/lake, playing board games, or trying a new local restaurant. Asian food is my absolute favorite (sushi, ramen, curry), but Mexican is coming in at a close second. I also enjoy running and reading books.
Random Facts: Mushrooms scare me and I prefer not to eat them. I’m fluent in Mandarin Chinese (my first language, but I am shy about it). I played tennis for many years and worked at the US Open in New York one summer during high school (I got the chance to be ball girl during Serena Williams’ practice).
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.
PRESIDENT OF FREEDOM SCHOOL OF MINISTRY
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION 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.
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.