BELIEFS

What is the Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s word. In its’ original form, the Bible is inerrant, God-breathed and Holy Spirit inspired. It remains relevant, true and consistent. 

What we believe about God

We believe that God is a good Father who loves His children. We believe in the Trinity-God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit- as three distinct persons in one entity. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who was crucified, died and rose to life so that we could receive everlasting life. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He left his Spirit with us, abiding in us as our comforter and teacher. 

What is the church

The local church is for the local gathering of the Body of Christ- equipping those who participate to learn about discipleship and spiritual truths while allowing for a chance to meet and build community with other believers. We believe the local church is both an emergency room for the spiritually hurting and an equipping ground to send out local believers to carry out the mission of God. As a local body, we realize that we are part of a much bigger picture-the global church. We partner with various local and global denominations and organizations who exist to help the lost and hurting.

Participating in Timeless Celebrations

Baptisms– We believe that baptism is a public expression of a private decision to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. After you have made the decision to say ‘yes’ to Jesus, we invite you to participate in water baptism through full immersion. We do this by lowering you into the water, representing the washing away of dead things and raising you up out of the water, which represents being raised to new life in Christ. 

Child Dedications– This is a moment for children to be dedicated unto the Lord. During a child dedication, parents make a public covenant to raise a child in the ways of the Lord. In addition, family members, friends and our congregants make a public covenant to participate in teaching the child in the ways of the Lord.

Communion– If you have accepted Jesus, we invite you to remember Him by participating in communion, commonly known as ‘The Lord’s Supper’. We participate in communion by the partaking of a bread as a representation of the Body of Christ, which was broken for us, and partaking of juice as a representation of the Blood of Christ, which was shed for us.

Being Naturally Supernatural

As believers, we are invited into a lifestyle where the supernatural things of God become naturally a part of our daily rhythm. When we surrender full control to the Holy Spirit, who is alive inside of us, He equips us with spiritual gifts through the baptism of the Spirit. We believe that all spiritual gifts listed in scripture are for today and are to be used to equip the local church for evangelism. Our posture toward the public expression of spiritual gifts is one of invitation and not obligation; where anyone who desires to do so will experience the freedom to operate in the full power of God. 

God's relationship to humanity

Our purpose is to have a relationship with God-to worship and serve Him only. In the Garden of Eden, the enemy tempted us to fall into temptation which separated us from unhindered relationship with God. Throughout Scripture, we see God’s redemptive plan to restore man back into relationship with Him. This resulted in God sending His Son, in human form, to walk among us and to become the ultimate sacrifice for man’s sin. Through the acknowledgement and acceptance of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, man is granted eternal salvation.

   WHY WE EXIST

    “CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE SEE GOD”

    …to the un-churched, “God is crazy about you”

    …to the churched out of church, “Relationship not rules”

    …to those close to God, “It gets even better”

HOW WE DO IT

Encounter the Good News
In the person of Jesus, the kingdom of God has come! The Good News is that God isn’t mad at you! He is madly in love with you! No longer does anyone need to live separated from the love of God- but rather, each of us is free to live in God’s kingdom today through faith in him. For us, Encountering the Good News happens through both hearing the message of the Kingdom, and interacting with others who demonstrate His love to us. “Encounter” is about being free to know Jesus, just as we are.
Experience Life in the Spirit
Jesus lived in complete surrender to the Holy Spirit and it shaped the rhythm of his life. In the same way, as we allow God to live at the very center of our lives, the Spirit leads us into a deep and intimate relationship with the Father, into life-giving community with other believers and on a Kingdom mission out in the world. “Experience” is about being free to grow in Christ, as we are led by the Spirit.
Express the Ministry of Jesus
As Jesus visited every town and village, in every word he spoke, through every moment of kindness and every miraculous act, Jesus offered people an experience of God’s presence, love, wisdom and power. Through the Holy Spirit, we can still receive his ministry in our own lives – as well as share it with everyone in our world. “Express” is about being empowered to make kingdom impact by demonstrating the love of God, through the power of God, in the context of our community.

THE HILLS WE DIE ON

G.R.A.D.

GENEROSITY

Generosity – We believe in God’s Word and so we believe in tithing – if it works for your house, then it works for the House of God, so we tithe 15% of all that we receive. Radical generosity opens the floodgates of Heaven to pour onto earth. Giving generously in time, resources, and love is what we do.

RELEVANCE
Relevance– The Message of the Kingdom is that heaven matters right now! The Word of God is relevant for all aspects of life in a changing world. The language and “packaging” change, but the content or message never does.
AUTHENTICITY
Authenticity– What you see is what you get. We are not about putting on a show or pretending to have it all together. No perfect people allowed.
DIVERSITY
Diversity– The congregation should look like the community. We are intentionally multi-cultural and multi-generational in our makeup. This is apparent in our leadership, our worship expression, our language, and the way we carry ourselves.

OUR STAFF

Freddy Villarreal

Freddy Villarreal

SENIOR PASTOR

My wife Jen and I live in Yorktown, VA. We are the proud parents of: Kyle (and his wife Jenny), Parker, Elias, Kaelin, and Ty. And we have the amazing pleasure of being grandparents to three amazing grandkids!

In October of 2004, I had the privilege of joining alongside 26 other people to start Freedom Life and have been here ever since. My passion is to empower and equip other leaders for Kingdom impact, so the majority of my time is spent developing our staff across all of our campuses. In addition to serving at FLC, I also have the honor of serving as Senior Associate Pastor at my mentor pastor’s church, The Chapel, a multi-campus church located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

When I am not at the church or the office, I am probably hanging with my family, at the gym, watching TV or reading something. 

Random Facts: I have never broken a bone in my body. I currently have four tattoos. Nothing annoys me more than the sound of people chewing food. I am afraid of birds.

Bardo Muniz

Bardo Muniz

SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTOR

My wife and I were married on July 14, 2001 and God gave us two beautiful children- our older daughter Adlai and our son Eliel. My wife was born in the city of Guadalajara and I was born in Cd. Guzman, both in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Shortly after getting married, we were both ordained as Pastors in 2002. My wife graduated from law school and I graduated with an electrical engineering degree. We have always had a huge passion for establishing the Kingdom of God here on earth. 

From the first moment we set foot in Freedom Life Church in the city of San Antonio TX, we felt embraced and like we were already a part of the family.

Random Facts: We have a little Maltipoo dog, her name is Chanel. I never imagined I would ever own a pet or let it inside my house, much less did I imagine it would be sleeping in our room, but Chanel has earned a place in our hearts! I love food and I love trying new flavors. I also enjoy cooking Mexican food.

Hannah Hooker

Hannah Hooker

HAMPTON CAMPUS PASTOR

I grew up in the small Virginia town of Keokee.  I married my husband , Chad ,  in 2010 and we have three beautiful daughters- Jordyn, Peyton, and Ellisyn. We met in college, where I received a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management with a Business Administration minor.
Right after we got married, we moved to Hampton (where my husband’s family lived) and started attending FLC.  I began my years in ministry with the children in 2013, then shifted to families, then to campus wide! I have seen the Lord continue to stretch and grow me for His kingdom. My heart for the people in the Kingdom has expanded, as well as, my heart for different ministries. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me and my family here as in heaven!
I have the honor of pastoring with my husband. He is responsible for our men’s discipleship ministry. Our heart is that everyone would feel seen, known and loved. Also, that we can point everyone to Jesus!
Random Facts: I played collegiate softball for 4 years. I am twin. I am a coal-miner’s daughter. Reese’s is my favorite candy bar. A League of Their Own and Sweet Home Alabama are my favorite movies. I am SUPER competitive. I am a homebody. I LOVE watching football. I love tattoos (I currently have over 30)
P.S. My husband is pretty handsome!
James Wilson Jr.

James Wilson Jr.

NORFOLK CAMPUS PASTOR

My wife Ashley and I were born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  We have three girls – Karis, Kelsey, and Kyla. I have been in full-time ministry since 2014. I have a passion for leadership and a deep love for making Christ practical and relevant for this generation. I am excited to see Jesus lifted high in the lives of people in the Hampton Roads area and looking forward to seeing how the world will change because of their lives. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic and Organizational Communications from Temple University. I also have a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University. I am amazed at how God uses me – even though I grew up a timid kid, God continuously allows me to be a featured speaker at camps, schools, conferences, retreats, and churches.

 Fun Facts. I like to sing, dance (not good at it), read, play video games, watch movies, travel, and spend time with my family. My favorite movie is “The Last Dragon.” My wife and I love Virginia, but we are Eagles fans and will always bleed green! Finally, I could eat chicken wings and fried rice every day of the week and never get tired of them

Cheryl You

Cheryl You

NORFOLK ASSOCIATE CAMPUS PASTOR

Born and raised in Singapore, I’ve lived in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area since 2016 with my husband and three kids. For over 20 years, I’ve been on the adventure of following God’s call: I’ve led worship ministries and been involved in various levels of church leadership and have taught in churches and conferences in Asia and the U.S. I have a M.Div. from Regent University and am currently working on a D.Min in Spiritual Formation and Relational Neuroscience from Western Theological Seminary.

A self-professed charismatic-contemplative and theology-nerd, I’m happy getting lost in some academic book, but also being out paddle boarding on the Bay or making things with my hands. I love pouring into emerging leaders, especially leaders who don’t know they are leaders yet, helping them to lead out of a deep sense of knowing they are beloved by God so they can lead with integrity, compassion, and longevity. Other things that get me excited: empowering women, building community, theological education, and helping people mature in holistic spirituality.

My desire is for the Church to live into her witness of the Kingdom and experience a revival of radical love for God and others.

Kyle Labadie

Kyle Labadie

SAN ANTONIO CO-CAMPUS PASTOR

Pastor Kyle is a native to Hampton roads and has enjoyed serving in ministry for over 12 years. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor, providing leadership oversight for our Weekend Experience, Creative Department, Freedom Life Collab Podcast, Mentorship of Interns & Apprentices, as well as, Preaching and Teaching support for Weekend Services and the Freedom School of Ministry. He is a graduate of South Western Assemblies of God University with a Bachelors degree in Church Ministries. His Pentecostal fire adds fuel to our team and he is a joy to be around. He loves talking about Jesus, helping people with Nutrition & Fitness, Filming content for their family Youtube Channel “LivetoINSPIRE”, being a Husband to his wife Shawn and a Dad to his son Tobias.

Fun Facts: I’ve been a DJ, Marched for an HBCU, Been on Showtime at the Apollo, Competed in a Men’s Physique Body Building Competition, Love Hip Hop Music, Help my wife lead her Arts Company “Inspire Arts Collective,” and LOVE COFFEE!

Lynn Walker

Lynn Walker

SAN ANTONIO CO-CAMPUS PASTOR

In 2012, I was invited by a friend to Freedom Life Church in Hampton, Virginia and the course of my life was forever altered. In 2013, I felt the call to move to the great city of San Antonio to help start our second campus. I moved right after getting my degrees in Psychology and Biology from Christopher Newport University. Since then, my husband finished his time in the Marines and joined me, we added a daughter (Jessica) and our two sons (Lucas and Zeke).

I never get tired of seeing people encounter the goodness of God and it has been an honor to continue being used to reach people through the local church. I truly believe the best is yet to come for our city!

In our off time, you can find the Walker family hiking, exploring a new nature park or river/lake, playing board games, or trying a new local restaurant. Asian food is my absolute favorite, but Mexican is coming in at a close second. I also enjoy running and reading books.

Random Facts: I hate mushrooms. I love anything to do with science, health, the brain, and overall adult/child development. Summer is my favorite and you can find me poolside any time I am free.

Randy Cardona

Randy Cardona

ONLINE CAMPUS PASTOR

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and involved with music since I was 11 years old. At 13, my first time singing in front of an audience I sang “The National Anthem” for the New York City Police Department. Since then I loved to participate in school performances as well as community events. In 1995, I was invited to compete on a local “Star Search” and came in first place. To my surprise I was later offered a record contract with BNA Records (Tennessee). In August 2001, I gave my life to the Lord while serving in the United States Marine Corps. In 2003 I began leading worship for the first time in Hampton, Virginia. I’ve had the honor and privilege to partner with several worship teams both domestic and international, leading worship throughout the United States and overseas to include Nairobi Kenya, Dominican Republic, and Holland. In the midst of all that a passion for media and production developed in me as I began to be involved in many church productions and plays. That passion lead to developing an online campus. I am blessed to be married to Nicole and we have two children; Israel and Ella.

Random Facts: I love to draw and studied architectural engineering and tattooing for a season. My brother and I were in “The Big Apple Circus”. I have a barbers license and Biomedical engineering degree. If anyone would care to play a round of golf with me, you can easily become my best friend.

Brian Greene

Brian Greene

WORSHIP PASTOR

Picture it: Sicily, 1912. Okay, maybe a little later and somewhere totally different. I was the kid that could be found sitting directly behind the drummer at every church service. At an early age I watched my parents serve our church faithfully, which is how I developed a passion for serving God and His people. All throughout school I was involved in every music-based program available including several audition-only ensembles ranging from city to statewide. While developing my craft at school, God was shaping my heart for ministry at church. Over the years I’ve been blessed to share the stage with a host of gospel greats and countless local legends. In 2015, I accepted the invitation to begin serving at Freedom Life Church and I’ve been having the time of my life! In 2017, I met the love of my life and we’ve been happily married since 2018 and look forward to all that God has for us in the future. I am deeply passionate about helping others develop a lifestyle of worship, both musically and not. I don’t believe you have to be musically gifted to be a devoted worshipper.

 Random Facts: I love traveling, but I don’t like road trips. I love new clothes, but I don’t like shopping. I love to eat but I’m a very picky eater. I love music but I can’t dance.

Josh Gatling

Josh Gatling

WORSHIP MUSIC DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, I am a third generation musician who has been making music from the early age of 4. Maybe even earlier! My family and church family did an amazing job of exposing me to music in its ability to help set and change atmospheres and so much more that I immediately wanted to do everything I could to give this gift back to the Lord. I attended Heritage high school, the former Thomas Nelson, community college, and Berklee College of music. Musically, I gained so much experience in the church and also in various musical environments that have helped me become the musician I am today with a great resume of various Artist worked with and projects worked on. I am super passionate about sharing my gift with others so that they can share their gifts as well. I have been in music ministry for over 10 years but when I take pride in the most is my beautiful family, which is my first ministry! I am a proud husband And father of five amazing kids.

Fun facts: I Play about nine different instruments and I am a huge Star Wars fan, always ready with full Jedi apparel.

Justice Rivera

Justice Rivera

HAMPTON STUDENT/YOUNG ADULT DIRECTOR

I was born in Wyoming,  lived in Nebraska for 10 years, and moved to Surprise, Arizona where I lived for almost 18 years. I attended Grand Canyon University where I got my bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine. Throughout my teenage and college years I served in the children’s, youth, and young adults ministries and developed a passion for the next generation. When I went on a mission trip to Thailand, I knew that the career path I thought I was pursing was different than what God had for my life. God was so faithful and opened a door where I served on staff in the Next Generation ministry for 4 and half years.

Ashley Wilson

Ashley Wilson

NORFOLK CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA; therefore, I bleed green for the Eagles. I met my stupendous husband, James, in college in 2005, and we have three astonishing girls: Karis, Kelsey, and Kyla. My family and I moved to Virginia in the summer of 2017 and became a part of this magnificent Freedom Life Church family.

       I’m a domestic engineer and homeschooler. I have worked with children for decades in different capacities. I enjoy seeing the lightbulbs go off in children, and it is an honor to be a part of their journey in some way, shape, or form.

 Random facts: I’m one of six girls. I love football. I enjoy watching sports. I grew up playing basketball and running track. I was a referee for intramural basketball. I enjoy walks and lots of green scenery. I’m a homebody. I love coconut. I love Herr’s pretzels. My family is my heartbeat.

Bonnie Dale

Bonnie Dale

HAMPTON CHILDREN'S MINISTRY COORDINATOR

I was born in San Francisco, CA, was there for 7 years and my mom decided to move to Miami, Florida when I was 7 years old. I LOVE Miami (that is why my phone number will always begin with “305”). I joined the Army when I was 18 years old, fun times but not for me, so I decided to go to school. I studied Massage therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Coder, bottom line I didn’t know what to do, but somewhere I found a passion for helping people, so I went on to get my BA in Psychology from Saint Leo University. I then went to work for the USPS, where I started as a mail carrier assistant and quickly escalated to be a supervisor for four years. I came to FLC in 2015 where I attended for three years before ever serving. I started serving faithfully in the Children’s Ministry loving on babies. I started getting myself involved more and seeing the transformation that God was doing in my life, I then started serving in other areas. In 2019 I started serving in the worship team while still serving in the Children’s ministry. After the post office, I went to teaching Pre-K for two years and decided that I needed to be more present for children. God opened doors for me and began working for Freedom School of Ministry as an Operations Manager in 2023. Now, in 2024 I am assuming the role of Hampton Children’s Director. I have a passion for children and coming together with parents and volunteers to disciple little hearts. 
 
Fun Facts: I am a foodie, played soccer in high school, deployed to Iraq, I am introvert, love sweets and shopping. I am married to my husband Travis and have two beautiful children Chylynn and Makael. 
Bryanna Vega

Bryanna Vega

PRESIDENT OF FREEDOM SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

My husband Francisco and I had been praying for a church family like Freedom Life for years before we arrived at “Home” in 2010. Having been raised on islands, Puerto Rico and Catalina, we enjoy coastal Virginia, minus the hurricanes. We are the proud parents of three amazing young men: Daniel, Joshua, and Gabriel. Prior to moving to Virginia, I spent many years studying and working in healthcare at Johns Hopkins, all the while volunteering in ministry. In 2013, I began to lead FLC’s Outreach Ministry through Kingdom partnerships both locally and internationally. Over the past 30 years, I’ve enjoyed learning through teaching God’s Word to kids and adults here and abroad.

For fun I love to run, play guitar, and study health and wellness.  More than anything, I enjoy spending time with my handsome husband of over 30 years, my sons, and my FLC family!

Random facts: I’m wild about spinach-kale smoothies, I’m not afraid of snakes or spiders, and my favorite birthday was spent running 50km with friends.

Nyle Rivera

Nyle Rivera

Production Tech Director

I am originally from Central Florida where I lived until I graduated college. After college, I moved out to Arizona to be on staff at a church and met my wife, Justice! Now we both have the pleasure to serve on staff together at FLC! In my free time, I spend a lot of time mixing music at home, cooking, and playing golf. I am a die hard baseball fan and Yankees fan.
Fun Fact: I have been playing drums for about 15 years where I competed professionally in Drum Corps and Indoor Percussion. I also hold a degree in percussion performance from the College of Central Florida.
Adlai Muniz

Adlai Muniz

Social Media Manager

I was born in Anaheim, California, but raised in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco, Mexico where I lived for the first 15 years of my life until 2018 when my family and I felt the calling from the Lord to leave our home in Mexico and move to the United States. Since then, we have been part of the FLC family at the San Antonio campus where I served as the worship leader. In the summer of 2023 God gave us a new assignment and moved us to the 757 area serving at our church following the Lord’s calling in my life to share Jesus through the lifestyle of worship.

Fun facts: I am a whole heartedly matcha lover, specially when you mix it with lavender. My favorite flowers are tulips which are also one of the flowers of April, my birthday month. Now last but not least, I love cleaning and organizing things/spaces.

Jen Villarreal

Jen Villarreal

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATOR AND FINANCES

I have had the honor of working beside my husband in ministry for the last 13 years! I have a large scope of varying responsibilities, but most relate to my gift of administration. God knew at least one of us needed this gift! Bottom line: My job is to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Some days it goes better than others.

 My family is my heartbeat. And my church is part of my family. My favorite thing about working in ministry is being able to come to work every day knowing that I am making an eternal impact

 Random Facts: I have a six-pound Yorkie named Benn. If it were up to me, he would be listed above with our children, but Freddy wrote his own bio! I DO NOT like bananas. I love coffee and coffee with a friend is even better. I like to cook when I can take the time to enjoy the process. And I am slowly learning how to be an empty nester. Thank God for grandbabies!

Kim Rediske

Kim Rediske

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

I was born and raised in Hampton Roads. I graduated from Bethel High School 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University in 2008. I have lived in 4 of the 7 cities, so I tend to know a lot of people. As a matter of fact, I am related to probably half the church. LOL! Jk jk. Before I came to FLC, I worked at NASA for the maintenance contract for 11 years. My jobs there consisted of Equipment Analyst, Assistant Construction and Project Manager, and Office Administrator. I miss my co-workers there, as we were a big family. It was an incredible place to work and learn to become a leader. The Lord called me here to FLC after attending and serving for only 2 short years. It was absolutely a God thing to go from a government job to ministry… but I’d do it again in a heartbeat to be obedient to where God has called me.

I am married to an incredible husband and father, Josh. We have been together since 1998 and married since 2003. The best advice I can give to “make it work” is to put in the work. God wants to work through you and He wants your marriage to grow. Allow it! Plus, Josh loves to love me! We have 3 beautiful children that we waited a long time for. They have changed our lives. Our hobbies right now consist of going to the park, library and Busch Gardens. We love every minute of it too!

Random Facts: a few Bucket List items we have checked off our list- Skydiving, Scuba diving, White Water Rafting, trips to Cancun & Las Vegas with a bunch of friends, New York City on New Year’s Eve, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (destination wedding) and Hawaii. We are looking forward to one day going to Europe and taking an Alaskan Cruise.

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