DISCIPLESHIP
 
EXECUTIVE PASTOR
 
John Richardson – Executive Pastor of Discipleship
 
John Richardson, Executive Pastor of Discipleship, served as a pastor to churches in Illinois and Missouri for seventeen years before becoming a mediator and pastoral counselor at Live at Peace Ministries in St. Louis. While working at Live at Peace for five years, John also served as a pastor in Owensville, MO on a part-time basis. He started attending First Free in 2008 and joined the staff in 2011. He oversees Care, Outreach, Discipleship Communities, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. John has a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Fort Wayne Bible College. He is a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute of Christian Conciliation and serves on the board of directors for the Association of Missouri Mediators.
 
GROUPS
 
Robin Harms – Administrative and Ministry Assistant, Groups
 
Robin supports all aspects of Adult Groups (Small Groups, Care Groups, Adult Communities, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry) and Care Ministries. She is the first contact for both departments.
 
Favorite thing about your job – I enjoy the relational aspect of my job working with multiple ministries at First Free. I have the privilege of helping people in a variety of ways. With such diversity in my position I am always challenged to grow spiritually, administratively, and in ministry to others.
 
 
 
CARE MINISTRIES
 
 
Todd Grove – Care Ministry Assistant
 
Todd supports John Richardson in managing the many care ministries at First Free.
 

Favorite thing about your job – If we look at Jesus’ ministry during His life on this earth, He often began by helping people with their physical needs. This gave Him the opportunity to tell them the Truth about who He is – the Savior! This position not only gives me the chance to care for people as they have challenges in this life, but also allows me the opportunity to speak to their greatest need: Jesus.

 
Robin Harms – Administrative and Ministry Assistant, Care Ministries
 

Robin supports all aspects of Adult Groups (Small Groups, Care Groups, Adult Communities, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry) and Care Ministries. She is the first contact for both departments.

Favorite thing about your job – I enjoy the relational aspect of my job working with multiple ministries at First Free. I have the privilege of helping people in a variety of ways. With such diversity in my position I am always challenged to grow spiritually, administratively, and in ministry to others.
 
 
OUTREACH
 
Laura Calys – Administrative and Ministry Assistant, Outreach
 
Laura is the administrative assistant for Outreach and is the first contact for the department. Laura coordinates First Free’s English as a Second Language and Serve St. Louis ministries. She also oversees the Mission Community Lunches and the Outreach Connection newsletter.
 
Favorite thing about your job – I love meeting and serving the international community through English learning, leading them through Bible study and developing effective teams to do this ministry. I also love the First Free Serve St Louis team that leads our church in serving our community. And I can’t go without saying I love our Mission Community Lunches! So there you go. I am blessed to do ministry at First Free!
 
Cathy Nelson – Missionary Care
 
Cathy coordinates communication with and care of our missionaries and short- term teams.
 
Favorite thing about your job – The best part of working at First Free is the great staff I get to serve with. From facilities to the pastors, they are all people of character, compassion and skill. It is a joy to grab a few moments to talk to any of them when there is time.