Kirk Life TouchKirk Albrecht

Lead Pastor

kalbrecht@myfefc.org

Kirk Albrecht is our Lead Pastor, and also directs Global Ministry. He has been on staff since 2000. Kirk has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Syracuse University and a Master of Divinity from Trinity International University. Kirk and his family lived overseas for 10 years, and he has been to 19 different countries. He was a seminary professor for three years and has led cross-cultural ministry trips in Peru, Thailand, Senegal, Belgium, England, Cyprus, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and the Middle East. He has written for more than two dozen publications. He is married to Sarah and is father to three sons Joshua (married to Shea), Nathan, and Zachary, and two grandsons. There is nothing he likes more than a good bowl of hummus and a plate of grape leaves. When he’s not at church you can find him reading, exercising, watching soccer, or strumming his guitar or mandolin.

 

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Pastor of Children & Family Ministry

jrishel@myfefc.org

Joel joined our team as the Pastor Of Children & Family Ministry in May, 2016. He loves creating contexts for children to have “Aha!” moments, and training parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Joel received a B.A. from Grove City College and his M.Div. from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, and he has over 10 years pastoral experience. He and his wife, Cindy, have four boys:  Lucas, Martin, Jude and Lander. Whenever Joel has free time he loves to read, tackle another DIY house project, cooking with his wife, tickling his boys, and becoming more like Jesus (not necessarily in that order). And did we mention, he loves to read?

 

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Pastor of Student Ministry

aielase@myfefc.org

Alex came to First Free in June of 2017. He is from Pittsburgh and has been in ministry since 2001. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Robert Morris University and a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry. He is married to Jennifer and they have four children. Alex enjoys time with the family, eating food, sports, fishing and just joking around!

 

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Director Creative Arts Ministry

ndemolin@myfefc.org

Nancy Jo Demolin currently serves as Director of Creative Arts – a role her rich ministry background has helped prepare her for. She earned a B.S. in Music Education from Clarion University. She has taught music in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and spent a two-year missionary term teaching at Kansai Christian School in Nara, Japan. Nancy Jo has also served as Worship Leader at two churches and at numerous Women’s Retreats and Conferences. She is also an accomplished freelance pianist, rehearsal pianist and pit band musician, playing at festivals as well as high school and community musical productions. Nancy Jo married Felix in 1990 and they have one daughter, Hannah. She is an avid reader, Steelers and Penguin fan.

 

Joe Squires

Business Manager

jsquires@myfefc.org

Joe is the Business Manager and his main responsibility is handling the financial recordkeeping and reporting for First Free. He has been serving on staff since April 2016. Prior to his employment at the church, Joe worked for six years at PNC Bank where he performed various accounting functions in the Technology and Operations Department. He completed collegiate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in December 2006 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration. He served in Student Ministry as a youth leader for five years and currently serves as co-leader of the Elevate ABF. Joe is married to Julie and has a daughter named Chloe. He thoroughly enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, food, sports, music and hiking (especially the Laurel Highlands and Smoky Mountains).

 

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Office Manager

peisele@myfefc.org

As Office Manager, Pam oversees the office staff, manages the church calendar, prepares slides for the Sunday morning message, updates our church website and various other duties. She’s a graduate of Bradford School and has worked in the church office since 2005. Pam has been a part of First Free since 1988 and met her husband, John, here in a Sunday morning class over 20 years ago. They have served in Children and Student Ministry, and have a blended family of three adult daughters, a son-in-law and four grandchildren. She enjoys social media, watching Jeopardy, weekend trips to Ohio’s Amish Country with John, and time spent with family. Her favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

 

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Mark Thompson

Church Custodian

mthompson@myfefc.org

Mark is responsible for the upkeep of our facilities. He not only cleans the church, he sets up rooms for weekly and special events. Mark is the husband of Sara and the father of Anthony, Cheyanne and Marc. He is involved with Children’s Ministry and VBS. If you stop by the church during the week, you may catch Mark singing praises to the Lord!

 

Church Elders

FEFC is led by a dedicated staff, and a team of Elders.  The Elders are given the responsibility in the local church to lead, guide, and shepherd the congregation (1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17).

Our Elders are:

Pastor Kirk Albrecht
Pastor Joel Rishel
Terry Judy
Dave Abel
Daniel Zajdel
Ed Campbell