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 BELIEFS

What is the Bible
What we believe about God
What is the church
Participating in Timeless Celebrations
Being Naturally Supernatural
God's relationship to humanity

   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
In the person of Jesus, the kingdom of God has come! The Good News is that God isn’t mad at you! He is madly in love with you! No longer does anyone need to live separated from the love of God- but rather, each of us is free to live in God’s kingdom today through faith in him. For us, Encountering the Good News happens through both hearing the message of the Kingdom, and interacting with others who demonstrate His love to us. “Encounter” is about being free to know Jesus, just as we are.
Experience Life in the Spirit
Jesus lived in complete surrender to the Holy Spirit and it shaped the rhythm of his life. In the same way, as we allow God to live at the very center of our lives, the Spirit leads us into a deep and intimate relationship with the Father, into life-giving community with other believers and on a Kingdom mission out in the world. “Experience” is about being free to grow in Christ, as we are led by the Spirit.
Express the Ministry of Jesus
As Jesus visited every town and village, in every word he spoke, through every moment of kindness and every miraculous act, Jesus offered people an experience of God’s presence, love, wisdom and power. Through the Holy Spirit, we can still receive his ministry in our own lives – as well as share it with everyone in our world. “Express” is about being empowered to make kingdom impact by demonstrating the love of God, through the power of God, in the context of our community.

THE HILLS WE DIE ON

R.A.D.

RELEVANCE
Relevance– The Message of the Kingdom is that heaven matters right now! The Word of God is relevant for all aspects of life in a changing world. The language and “packaging” change, but the content or message never does.
AUTHENTICITY
Authenticity– What you see is what you get. We are not about putting on a show or pretending to have it all together. No perfect people allowed.
DIVERSITY
Diversity– The congregation should look like the community. We are intentionally multi-cultural and multi-generational in our makeup. This is apparent in our leadership, our worship expression, our language, and the way we carry ourselves.

OUR STAFF

Freddy Villarreal

Freddy Villarreal

SENIOR PASTOR

My wife Jen and I live in Yorktown, VA with our five children; Kyle, Parker, Eli, Kaelin, and Ty. As you can imagine life is always pretty crazy at our house! In October of 2004, I had the privilege of joining alongside 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 and coordinating our Preaching Team. In addition to serving at FLC I also have the privilege of serving as a Teaching Pastor at my mentor pastor’s church, The Chapel, in Nothern Chicago. Locally, I coordinate our churches Kingdom Partnerships with organizations like the Virginia Unity Project, and the Peninsula Baptist Association.

When I am not at 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.

Kyle Labadie

Kyle Labadie

SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTOR

My wife Shawn and I are natives of the 757 area. With deep roots here from friends, family, and childhood memories, our hearts burn for this city to know the good news of Jesus. I have been involved with youth ministry in some capacity since 2006 and have loved seeing students grow into fully devoted followers of Christ. Our prayer is that God will use us to IGNITE a passion for Jesus in the hearts of students in the entire Hampton Roads area.

My academic background consists of attending Bethel College in Hampton, Virginia and currently I am finishing my Bachelors of Arts in Church Ministries at South Western Assemblies of God University.

Random Facts: I’m a life-long learner, leadership junkie, wrestling fanatic, ESPN addict, and Starbucks supporter. Being that I’m a social guy, I love hanging out with friends and family, making memories, laughing, joking, and just having fun. Life is a journey, and I want mine to be a fun one!

Chuck Macri

Chuck Macri

DISCIPLESHIP AND ADMINISTRATION PASTOR

My wife Karen and I live in Hampton, VA. We have 5 adult children (1 guy and 4 gals) and one grandson. We became Covenant Partners at Freedom Life in October 2012 and are humbled & privileged to be part of the staff. Prior to joining the team here I was on staff for 18 years with the Military Ministry of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), serving as National Director and most recently as Deputy Executive Director. I also have 30 years active and reserve service in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 2009. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Tech, Hoboken, NJ and will graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2017 with a Masters in Biblical & Theological Studies.

For fun I like to work out, hang with my wife (from the picture you can tell I married way out of my league) and our family (3 of our daughters and their husbands live nearby). I’m also a rabid fan of the New York Giants and New York Yankees … I bleed “blue” during the football season and “pinstripe” during the baseball season.

Random Facts: I’m an Italian-American from North Jersey (I’ll leave the mob connections to your imagination) so I love pizza and Springsteen, and nothing beats the Jersey shore. I also once took down an Olympic Superheavyweight wrestling gold medalist (it was when I was a HS senior and he was our freshman heavyweight … but still …). I also have a great aversion for clowns, mimes and magicians.

James Wilson

James Wilson

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR

My wife Ashley and I were  born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  We have three girls Karis, Kelsey, 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 Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Also, 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 fan and we will always bleed green! Finally, I could eat chicken wings everyday of the week and never get tired of them.

Brian Greene

Brian Greene

WORSHIP MINISTER

Picture it: Sicily, 1912. Okay, maybe a little later and somewhere totally different. I was the kid that could be found sitting directly behind the drummer at every church service. At an early age I watched my parents serve our church faithfully, which is how I developed a passion for serving God and His people. All throughout school I was involved in every music-based program available including several audition only ensembles ranging from city to state wide. While developing my craft at school, God was shaping my heart for ministry at church. Over the years I’ve been blessed to share the stage with a host of gospel greats and countless local legends. In 2008 God called Pastor Joe Baker to plant Refuge Nation Church where I was privileged to serve as Assistant Minister of Music for seven years. I am proud to be serving here at Freedom Life and I’m excited about everything God has planned on the journey ahead.

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.

Randy Cardona

Randy Cardona

PRODUCTION AND ONLINE MINISTER

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 suprise 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. 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.

Hannah Hooker

Hannah Hooker

CHILDREN'S MINISTER

I grew up in the small Virginia town of Keokee. I married my husband Chad, with whom I have three wonderful daughters Jordyn, Peyton, and Ellisyn. In 2010, we moved to Hampton, and soon began attending FLC. In January, 2013, I began serving in FLC KIDS Children’s Ministry. I fell in love with ministering to the kiddos. I moved rapidly from serving once a month to becoming a weekly service manager; however, I felt called beyond those duties. In December, 2013, I began my internship in Children’s Ministry to become the Director of FLC KIDS. I love being a part of FLC staff. The encouragement and support each person brings to the table is amazing! I am extremely blessed to be on this amazing journey that God has called upon my life.

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 is my favorite movie. I am a homebody. I LOVE watching football.

Kim Rediske

Kim Rediske

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

My husband Josh and I enjoy going to concerts, traveling, and going to annual local events like Bay Days and the Seafood Festivals. We love to hang with just the two of us, with our amazing friends, and our crazy families. We recently had our first child, Briana Grace. God is so good and his timing was JUST perfect to bless us with our miracle baby. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration specializing in Management from St. Leo University in 2008. I worked as a contractor at NASA Langley Research Center for over 10 years before I was given this amazing opportunity at Freedom Life Church. I have to share that I have never been shown a clearer message from God than the message to pursue this opportunity and follow God’s lead. I’m continually learning and growing by being a part of this amazing church/ministry.

Random Facts: a few Bucket List items we have checked off our list: becoming a mother, Skydiving, Scuba diving, White Water Rafting, a trip to Cancun, Las Vegas vacation with a bunch of friends, New York City on New Year’s Eve, we got married on the beach of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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