PASTOR OF OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Del is joyfully married to Ruth, and they have two sons, Ian and Josiah. He reads a lot, drinks less coffee than he would like, and likes getting to know people! He loves to travel and he collects musical instruments from around the world. He committed his life to Jesus Christ as a 15yo. and he’s been on the most amazing adventure ever since.
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP ARTS & YOUTH MINISTRIES
Stu is married to the wonderful, amazing, artistic Michelle. They live in Andersonville. Stu has been with First Free since March of 2010. He graduated from a small Bible college in Dubuque, IA, has led worship nationally and internationally since high school, and really, REALLY enjoys his morning coffee.
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES, CO-DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Michael is married to Brittany, together they have two daughters – Avalea and Josephine. Michael’s passion for facilities maintenance and engineering began while serving as an Engine Rating with Operation Mobilization (OM) on-board the mission ship Doulos. Michael worked as a Locksmith and later as a Systems Engineer while studying at the Moody Bible Institute. His thirst for knowledge and quest for insight into the working of various mechanical systems has fueled his desire to see well maintained buildings serve a purpose for God’s Kingdom.
CO-DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Brittany is from Atlanta, Michael is from Ontario, Canada – they met in Germany, and served together on-board Operation Mobilization’s mission ship, Doulos (OM) before moving to Chicago in 2009 to attend school. They have two young daughters – Avalea and Josephine. Michael and Brittany are passionate about the story of God’s grace for his children. They love sharing food, hospitality and conversation with friends and strangers alike. When not chasing toddlers, they enjoy taking long walks through the city, good coffee, and travel.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMIN
Like many on staff, Tawnya also enjoys a good cup of coffee… strong, cream-no-sugar, and never decaf. She lives in West Ridge with her husband, two kids, and their dog. In her “spare” time, she enjoys gardening, camping (and nature in general), cooking, reading for fun, and creating visual art. Before working at FF, Tawnya spent several years as a freelance graphic designer and marketing strategist, serving a slew of interesting non-profits. Previously, she worked as the Marketing Coordinator for Breakthrough Urban Ministries and a few for-profit companies.
Note: At this time, First Free is searching for an interim pastor and will then begin a search for senior pastor. Our Senior Pastor of 17 years, Bill Shereos, retired in early 2017.