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.
Chad Smith – Pastor of Children’s Ministry
Chad joyfully leads our ministry to kids. He is passionate about family ministry and introducing children to Jesus.
Robin Vierling – Early Childhood Supervisor
Robin oversees ministry to children in Early Childhood.
Favorite thing about your job – I love walking through classes and seeing kids listening and learning. It’s a beautiful thing!
Brad Heuiser – Elementary Supervisor
Brad oversees Elementary grades 1-3 first hour Sunday morning and the AWANA ministry on Wednesday evenings.
Favorite thing about your job – I love how enthusiastic the kids can get about being here and learning about what God has done for us. Their joy and excitement is contagious!
Katlyn Wilhoit – Nursery Supervisor and Administrative Assistant
Katlyn oversees the Nursery and provides administrative support for the Kid Connection team.
Favorite thing about your job – I have always had a passion to help children along their journey in any way possible. I love watching them learn and grow, especially with the Lord! My joy comes from watching a child learn something new, being able to encourage them when they are struggling, and figuring out what that specific child needs!
Kari Eck – Childcare Coordinator

Kari oversees childcare for Tuesday mornings, Wednesday nights, and special events.

Steve Otey – Junior High Pastor

Steve served as a youth pastor in Illinois and Wisconsin before coming to First Free in September of 2003. For nearly 20 years, Steve has been leading youth groups and pointing teenagers to Christ. He holds a BA in Pastoral Ministry from Greenville College and has done seminary work with Trinity International University. Steve’s wife Sara is very involved in Junior High Ministry as well, and they have four daughters: Lauren, Megan, Hannah, and Katelyn. Steve loves seeing students “get it” and experience life change as God changes their hearts. At First Free, he is the point person for students in grades 6-8.

Andrew Miller – Student Ministry Worship Pastor
Andrew leads student worship teams for all Student Ministry programs.

Favorite thing about your job – The best part of my job is working with our middle and high school students to help them grow as musicians, worship leaders, and ultimately, disciples of Jesus.

Jessica Glyshaw – Student Ministry Small Groups Coordinator and High School Ministry Assistant
Jessica is responsible for the Jr. High and High School Small Groups, including training and investing in the leaders.
Favorite thing about your job – Two things: first, getting to deeply invest in the lives of the girls in the ministry and having the opportunity to help develop the leaders within the upperclassmen; and second, getting to be a part of the ministry that so deeply impacted me when I was in Junior High and Senior High.
Carla Rupkey – Student Ministry Coordinator
Carla supports Student Ministry and is the first contact for the department.
Favorite thing about your job – My favorite thing is helping meet the needs of the department and congregation so that the ministry can be as impactful as possible.