First Presbyterian Church Leadership
First Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Rev. Kevin J. Freese
Pastor Kevin was called as First Presbyterian Church's pastor in September 2002. Prior to his life as an ordained minister in the PCUSA, Kevin pursued a career in agriculture and dairy farming on the family farm near Vail, Iowa, where he served as elder, deacon and church organist/choir director at the United Presbyterian Church in Vail.
Pastor Kevin seeks to serve the Church through worship leadership, counseling and pastoral care along with leadership development, bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. His goal in ministry is to share the good news that God loves each and every person, loving each of us first and forever. Pastor Kevin strives to bring others to the understanding of the call of Christ upon each and every aspect of our lives and living. With his roots deep in agriculture; rural ministry and community outreach are at the foundations of his ministry. It is his goal to help us flourish and grow together in Christ, encouraging one another, caring about the needs of those around us and connecting others to the body of Christ. Pastor Kevin takes worship and preaching very seriously, seeking to convey that our lives and daily living are at the foundation of our daily worship and most pleasing to God.
Pastor Kevin graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree (BA) in Religious Studies and then graduated in the spring of 2002 from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) Degree..
Pastor Kevin is happily married to his wife, Wanda, who is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), graduating from the University of Iowa in 2000. They have three children: Justin (Janet), Jarred (Hannah) and Mia and 7 grandchildren, Emily, Molly, Noah, Charlie, Lily, June & Caleb. Pastor Kevin enjoys playing the piano and organ, flower & vegetable gardening and all kinds of baking.
Lisa has served as the church's secretary and treasurer since 2009. She is a Battle Creek native. She and her husband Mike are members of First Presbyterian Church. They enjoy country living and caring for their family.
Mae is our dedicated and faithful church custodian. She began her employment here in 1991, serving continuously since that time. A life-long Battle Creek resident, Mae enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who are actively involved in school and many other activities.