Adam Bowers – Senior Pastor

In 2017, Adam Bowers became the third senior pastor of First Free Church. Previously, Adam led an international missions ministry and served as an executive pastor. Adam is married to Jenny and the two have served in full-time ministry together for over a decade. Adam is passionate about preaching the Word of God in authentic, practical, and relevant ways. He is also active in discipleship and leadership development, and he holds a Master’s of Divinity degree with a specialization in pastoral counseling.

Heather Wright – Executive Assistant

Heather facilitates HR and office functions. She also serves as administrative assistant to Adam Bowers.

Favorite thing about your job – The best part of my job is encouraging and praying for our staff. I love being able to use the gifts God has given me to support the staff and ministries of First Free.


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. Meet the Discipleship Team here.

Don Erehart – Executive Pastor of Family Ministry


Don Erehart, Executive Pastor of Family Ministry, holds a master’s degree in Christian Ministry from Regent University and has over twenty-five years of experience leading ministry to teens. Don was introduced to Jesus as a teen by a Christian friend, and so he takes great joy in seeing students helping their friends come to know and follow Christ. Don has served at First Free since March of 2006. He oversees Kid Connection, Junior High, Senior High, and College Group ministries. Meet the Family Ministry Team here.


The Elders are elected leaders who serve and shepherd the church. Contact them at


Rich Keffer (Chair)

I am an elder because… I was called.  Paul describes being an elder as a noble task and I cannot imagine a better call to answer than that of serving a body of believers striving to follow Jesus’s final instructions to his followers to go and make disciples.  Seeing God at work among the people of First Free, then being able to lend a hand in any way I can has been and continues to be one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life.


Dave Berndt (Secretary)

I am an elder because… I knew God was calling me to this position. Previously I wondered why I was not called to serve but realize that my motivation was one of pride. Over the year before being called, God broke down areas in my life preventing me from taking the call with the right attitude. I humbly serve as an elder, using the gifts He has given me, and recognize His control over my life and our church. I am trying to serve as described in Joshua 22:5 – “Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul”. My prayer for our church is that we follow Christ’s leading in our lives and show His love to the world around us.


Brad Blake

I am an elder because… God has called me to use my gifts to help shepherd and oversee our congregation (1 Peter 5:1-4). I love the people here, and I appreciate how so many godly people here have poured their lives into me and my family over the last 25+ years. I am weak and broken (2 Corinthians 12:9), but God gives me strength and wisdom to serve with other godly elders and staff as together we make, mature, and multiply fully devoted followers of Christ (2 Timothy 2:2).


Bruce Eckhardt



Wil Glidewell

I am an elder because… I am thankful for how God has faithfully blessed my life and I feel he has called me to serve as an elder at this time. I love our church and desire to help lead it to be a loving and growing encouragement to our members, and the strong witness that God wants it to be to this community and the world.

Kevin Krosley
Larry Johnston
I am an elder because… I am thankful for how God has faithfully blessed my life and I feel he has called me to serve as an elder at this time. I love our church and desire to help lead it to be a loving and growing encouragement to our members, and the strong witness that God wants it to be to this community and the world.

Doug Pogue

I am an elder because… God placed a burden on my heart for the spiritual health and well being of His flock here at First Free.  As a governing body, the elders need to provide direction and policies that allow for the intentional, progressive spiritual growth of all believers.  In addition, we want to empower groups that have ministry or outreach ideas so they can flourish and thrive here in our church.  God’s work is diverse, relational, and far reaching.  We want to provide a place where a rich mix of Christ followers can come together and experience redeeming love and transforming grace in a community that loves each other well and magnifies the name of our great God.


Bob Richter

I am an elder because… since becoming a Christian 34 years ago, God has used my gifts of service, evangelism and administration to grow me and in turn be used for His purpose. I desire to continually bear fruit through the gifts I’ve been given (John 15:8) and to serve others.  I am committed to the body of Christ here.  It is an honor to serve as Elder (1 Timothy 3:1) and be a part of what God is doing at First Free Church.
Greg Snapp
Mark Vigil
I am an elder because… I have a heart desire to serve like Paul the Elder extraordinaire who totally embraced making, maturing and multiplying disciples: “He (Christ) is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28-29).


Dave Williams

I am an elder because… I feel called and equipped to build, protect and shepherd the bride of Christ at First Free. What a privilege! First Free is a great group of believers. We are entering new chapters of our story and I hope to help the board pray, equip and lead our congregation in obedience to the Spirit.

Hebrews 12:1-2: And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

In the body of Christ, Deacons are considered the helping hands.

  • Leonard Bowers – Finance/audit committee chair
  • Dan Dunwiddie – Finance/audit committee
  • Jan Grove – Benevolence
  • Jon Holt – Benevolence
  • Jonathan Huynh – Finance / Audit
  • Bill Menchak – Widows
  • Carol Riebling – Hospitality
  • Marilyn Simpson – Hospitality and Secretary
  • David Stark – Deacon Board Chair, Facilities & Grounds, Wheels of Hope
  • Sue Stark
  • Terry Tolliver – Finance /Audit
  • Dean Wimpfheimer – Widows
  • Carol Wood – Finance/audit