Kevin Labby

Lead Pastor

Kevin Labby serves as our Lead Pastor. Kevin recently came on staff in 2021, but has served in church ministry for twenty-three years. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Grove City College, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. He also completed doctoral coursework through Reformed Theological Seminary. Before serving at First Free, Kevin served as the Senior Pastor of congregations in the Orlando and Pittsburgh areas. He is married to Molly and is father to three sons and one daughter. The family has two golden retrievers: Marigold and Cali. Kevin enjoys hiking, canoeing, target shooting, deer hunting, and reading. As a family, they enjoy museums, parks, trips to the beach, and cultural events.


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Kirk Albrecht

Pastor of Discipleship

Kirk Albrecht is our Pastor of Discipleship, 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

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, and becoming more like Jesus (not necessarily in that order). And did we mention, he loves to read?


Alex Ielase

Pastor Student and Young Adult Ministry

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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Creative Arts Director

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

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).

Amanda Troncone

Communications Specialist

Amanda has been on staff since 2019. As the Communications Specialist, her roles vary and include: digital media development, website management, digital design, marketing, event promotion, photography, videography and more. As an early graduate from Waynesburg University, she graduated in December of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, a minor in Journalism and Lambda Pi Eta communication honors. Amanda spends her free time volunteering with our youth group as a middle school girls leader and directing church productions, such as our annual Live Nativity event and our Summer Blast and Summer Pop teen theater. She also loves taking care of her plants, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her friends.


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 Kevin Labby
Pastor Joel Rishel
Damon Howard
Rob Gibala
Daniel Zajdel
Ed Campbell