"Proclaiming Good News of Great Joy for All People"
Based on our understanding of scripture, we believe that local congregations are to be led by a plurality of Elders.
Below is information on the current Elders of the congregation.
Pastor Michael Daily first became a Christian in 1978 as a result of the ministry of Freedom Fellowship Church, and has remained a member here ever since.
As he grew in his faith he began first to teach Sunday School to teens and young adults, then participated in church leadership as an elder. During this time he worked in the automotive and truck industry, eventually working as a sales representative for Mack Trucks, Inc. In 1992 he transitioned from a volunteer role on the board of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Metropolitan Richmond (now Pregnancy Resource Center) to full time employment as the Executive Director.
In 2000 he sensed a call to and was affirmed unanimously as full-time Pastor of Freedom Fellowship and has served in that capacity ever since.
Michael has been happily married to Carol Thompson Daily since 1982 and they live in the Town of Ashland.
Michael and Carol Daily
Stephen Kirschner was raised in a strong Christian home and at a very early age made a commitment to follow Christ. He attended Christian grade and high schools, and developed a strong interest and foundation in theology.
Stephen attended Hillsdale College, and worked in local government in Michigan for much of his twenties. He will admit this was his "wilderness" time, where he struggled in matters of faith and obedience. He credits the Lord with sending him to Regent University to study law. At Regent, he met his wife, Bethany, and experienced a time of renewal in his relationship with the Lord.
Stephen and Bethany got married and moved to Richmond in 2010. They began attending Freedom Fellowship Church in 2012, where Stephen started teaching youth Sunday School and then adult Sunday School. Stephen works for the Commonwealth of Virginia and he and Bethany live in Bumpass with their three children, Evangeline (Eva), Sylvie, and Stephen.
Stephen and Bethany Kirschner
Tom Slater grew up in a Christian home and was the “good son.” Yet God in His grace made it clear that his parent’s faith must become his faith and that his own ability to “follow the rules” could never earn God’s favor. Tom was led to the truth revealed in scripture that only through the redemptive work of Christ and His cross do we have the hope of peace with God and a relationship with Him.
Tom met Kathy and they were married in 1987. They both attended Bible college and soon started a family. God has blessed them with 5 children and, so far, one grandchild who is never spoiled! Tom enjoys filling the pulpit when possible, teaching Sunday school and taught briefly at Baltimore School of the Bible. He has spent most of his life in the automotive field so his hands are seldom really clean! He enjoys audio books especially C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and Charles Dickens. He and Kathy host a first Sunday of the month fellowship at their home after the service and would love for you to come.
Tom and Kathy Slater
Don Stern became a follower of Christ in the late 1970s during his medical school training in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he realized that his schooling was not going to answer the more fundamental questions about who we are andrelationships with others.God helped Don realize that getting himself straight with The Creator would help him understand the creature and his relationships.Don completed his medical training and following his internship, residency and Masters in Public Health degree he worked for the Virginia Department of Health for 35 years including 1&1/2 yearsas Commissioner of Health and most recently as Director of Public Health in Richmond City prior to his retirement in 2016.
He has lived in Hanover County for 20 years with Debbie, his wife for 39 years,has 5 children and 9 grandchildren and rides a Harley.He is chair of our Missions Committee, has taught adult Sunday School and is our go to guy when something needs to get done.