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.
Robin Harms – Discipleship Executive & Ministry Assistant
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.
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.

Sue Jenkins – Global Outreach Coordinator