We train students in both theological education and leadership development. Our instructional staff is intentionally diverse, made up of over 40% minority instructors. Pastors and ministers with vast years of experience are walking alongside students, not only to teach the courses but to provide leadership coaching within their respective ministries of expertise.
Pastor Chuck Macri
Masters in Biblical & Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary
Bachelors in Engineering from Stevens Tech
Chuck Macri serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Freedom Life Church in Hampton. Chuck has extensive experience in leadership at senior levels of ministry and in the military:
- Prior to his current position he was on staff for 18 years with Campus Crusade’s Military Ministry, serving as National Director (leading over 500 full-time staff & volunteer staff in all ministry activities for the U.S. military community) and Deputy Executive Director.
- He has 30 years active & reserve service in the Air Force (in the Civil Engineer career field), retiring as a Colonel in 2009. Among many varied assignments during his military career, he served two assignments as Commander of Civil Engineer squadrons and two assignments as Director of divisions within HQs Air Combat Command Civil Engineers (Readiness and Operations & Maintenance Divisions).
Meet Our Staff
Director of Operations
Tim McCain serves as the Director of Operations at the Freedom School of Ministry. Tim ran a multimillion-dollar software company that he sold in 2019 after 20 years at the helm. Tim is an ordained minister from Freedom Life Church in Hampton. Tim is also the President of the board of directors for Ezer Homeless Initiative. He has a strong background in Tech Sales and Organizational Leadership.
Director of Student Affairs
Francisco Vega is an instructor at the Freedom School of Ministry. He holds an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MD-PhD (Systems Neuroscience) degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He trained as a Neurologist with fellowship training in Epilepsy, Sleep Disorders and Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health. He is a former Research Associate faculty at Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl-Krieger Mind Brain Institute and a Neurology/Epilepsy faculty at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore Maryland, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After his academic career, Dr. Vega pursued a neurology clinical career specializing in sleep disorders and clinical neurophysiology. He started his own company providing clinical services in sleep medicine and clinical neurophysiology through which he has been the medical director of four different sleep clinics in Washington State and Virginia. He founded two sleep clinics and laboratories in Virginia and a company in remote intraoperative monitoring. Francisco like to use his research analytical training to study biblical literature, history, culture, and language to understand the message of the Gospel as communicated through both the Old and New Testament.
Bonnie Dale serves as an Administrator and Operations Manager for Freedom School of Ministry. She has more than ten years of administrative experience ranging from federal to healthcare. She holds a BA in Psychology from Saint Leo University. Prior to coming to FSOM, she was a teacher and a supervisor for the USPS where she managed 60 plus employees. She specializes in organization, communication, productivity, effective planning, and teamwork. In her time off she loves spending time with her two children, friends, and family. She enjoys trying new foods, shopping, and listening to books. She also serves faithfully at FLC in the worship team and other ministries as needed.
In October of 2004, I had the privilege of joining along side 26 other people to start Freedom Life Church and have been here ever since. My energy is primarily spent focusing on the vision of our church, coordinating our preaching team, and supporting our Kingdom initiatives. I have a passion for bringing churches together for Kingdom advancement. One example of this passion is that I also have the honor of serving as an Associate Pastor at my mentor pastor’s church, The Chapel, a multi-campus church located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Liberty University. My wife Jen and I live in Yorktown, VA with four of our five children: Parker, Eli, Kaelin and Ty. Our oldest son and amazing daughter-in-law, Kyle and Jenny, live in Richmond.
Coordinator of Coaching/Faculty
Born and raised in Singapore, I moved to the Hampton Roads in 2016. I have served on staff at churches in Singapore and in Norfolk since 2008. For more than 20 years, I’ve led and taught worship, mentored young leaders and developed ministry leadership teams, spoken and taught at conferences, ministry schools, and churches in Asia and the U.S. I get excited about pouring into leaders, empowering women, building community, and seeing people grow in maturity and reach their full potential for Christ. I have a Bachelor’s in Materials Engineering, a Masters of Divinity from Regent University, and I am currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary.
A self-proclaimed contemplative-charismatic and theology-nerd, I am always happy getting lost in a book and even though I’ve been involved in worship and music for more than half my life, I feel most connected to God in silence and in nature (especially if there is a beach and a sunrise involved). Things that make me happy: running, working out, listening to live jazz, hoarding books, and making things with my hands. My husband, Jasper, and I live in Norfolk with our three children, and our three cats. We love hosting and often have people from several different nations gathered around our table, and there is always room for more!
John Pollock has been a Teaching Pastor at Freedom Life Church since 2011. He has served in many of the ministries within the church with an emphasis on Preaching, Digging Deeper, and Children’s Ministry. John serves Freedom Life Church in a Lay capacity, sharing the calling to ministry with another interesting calling at Newport News Shipbuilding (where he is an Apprentice School graduate and Tooling Engineer in the Machine Shop.) John is currently working toward his Master’s of Divinity at Regent University, with intentions of pursuing further education in Biblical Language and Cultural Studies. John has been married to Danna for 9 years and they have two children – John (8) and Leora (5). They reside in Hampton, VA, love spending time together, and work together to grow their imagination and creative capacities.
James Wilson Jr. serves as the Campus Pastor for Freedom Life Church in Hampton, VA. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic and Organizational Leadership from Temple University and is currently finishing a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Concordia University. For the past 10 years, James has been a sought-after speaker for churches, organizations, and leaders about youth, marriages, and leadership development. Besides loving to study and teach, his passion is to find ways to blend the spiritual with the practical. James and wife, Ashley, have three daughters Karis, Kelsey, and Kyla.
Kyle Labadie is an Associate Pastor of Freedom Life Church in Hampton Virginia, where he has served in ministry for the past 7 years. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Church Ministries from South Western Assemblies of God University and has held credentials with the Assemblies of God in his early years of ministry (2007-2010). Through his life, Kyle has served in various roles of ministry as Student Pastor, Associate Campus Pastor, Campus Pastor, and a part of the Senior Leadership Team. He has been married for over 8 years to his beautiful bride Shawn, and has one energetic little boy, Tobias. Kyle’s desire is to see the Body of Christ healthy and operating in the fullness of its gifts, talents, and abilities through the power of Holy Spirit.
After obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing working as a hospital based oncology nurse, Bryanna returned to school and obtained a Masters and doctorate degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Since 2013, she has had the privilege of developing and overseeing the Missions and Outreach Ministry at Freedom Life Church, where she completed her pastoral training and ordination. Over the past 25 years, she has enjoyed learning through teaching God’s Word to children, youth, and adults in the US and abroad, following God’s call to, “Go and make disciples..,” (Mt. 28:19-20)
Karen Macri has served in ministry as a Biblical Counselor for over 15 years. She has also taught for many years on multiple levels from grade school through collegiate. She has a Bachelors In Political Science and a Masters in Biblical Counseling. Karen is also a certified Life Coach and a certified Enneagram Coach. She has served in multiple ministry areas within the church including worship, children/youth and women, and founded and led a Homeschool Co-Op for almost 20 years. She and her husband, Chuck, have five adult children and five grandchildren. In her spare time Karen is a watercolor artist, and loves to read on a wide variety of subjects.
Brian lives in the space between congregational life and the academic community. He teaches biblical and theological courses in university and seminary settings. He is currently serving as a Field Strategist for the Baptist General Association of Virginia and Pastor of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church in Hampton. His passion is to provide seminary type training opportunities and experiences for ministry leaders. Brian has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Baylor University. He and his wife Donna have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Pastor Denvil Lee
Denvil was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States as a child. He, his wife, Krista, and their three beautiful children come from sunny South Florida, and since moving to Illinois in 2020, they have enjoyed playing in the snow for the first time as a family. Denvil is passionate about sharing the message of the kingdom of God and seeing people come alive to the reality of God’s love and be transformed by the Holy Spirit.