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.
Barret Moore – Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Barret serves as an executive assistant to Adam Bowers. He also facilitates events.


Kevin Krosley – Executive Pastor of Leadership Development & Operations
Kevin has been attending First Free since 2002, and has served in lay leadership roles in Adult Communities, Student Ministries, and Kid Connection. Before accepting the calling into pastoral ministry at First Free, Kevin worked in executive coaching and at Sigma-Alrich/Merck leading organizational design, process improvement, leadership development, operations, and strategic planning. He is married to Pam and has 5 children – Rob, Katherine, Lauren, Lukas, and Andrew.
Heather Wright – Executive Assistant, Leadership Development and Operations
Heather facilitates HR and office functions, as well as managing the church calendar and facility use. She also serves as administrative assistant to Kevin Krosley. 

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.
Robin Harms – Executive Assistant, Discipleship
Robin supports all aspects of Adult Groups (Small Groups, Care Groups, Adult Communities, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry) and Care Ministries. She also serves as an executive assistant to John Richarson.

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.


The Elders are elected leaders who serve and shepherd the church. Contact them at elders@efree.org.

Doug Pogue (Chairman)
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.
Dave Berndt (Vice Chairman)
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.
Bruce Eckhardt
I am an elder because… I felt called by God. I have been at First Free since the late 1990’s. I was involved in the early years of the Open Bible Study group. I believe God has given me the gift of shepherding to encourage men to “walk in the truth” (3 John 4). I also have gifts in discernment and leadership. I love Jesus and I love our church.
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.
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 
Ben Thomas (Secretary & HR Committee)


I am an elder because… God has given me a heart to care for and help shepherd the people at First Free. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our church in this capacity and join in God’s work here (1 Peter 5:2). I have had an opportunity to live in several different cities around the country and to enjoy fellowship in several different churches, so I enjoy using these experiences to help provide guidance for the spiritual growth of our church family. I desire to join with the elders to help provide a place for people to come together in a community to experience grace, love, and truth and to glorify the name of the Lord.
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).