Elders and senior leaders: Mark & Kathi Kelly
Mark & Kathi have been married for thirteen years and have three children, Niamh, Noah and Nathaniel. They are the senior leaders of Freedom Church and have been part of the leadership since 2006.
Mark is passionate about making Jesus known to everyone and seeing an active discipling culture grow within the body of Christ. He also describes himself as a 'technology evangelist' and sees social media and connected technologies as a potentially fruitful mission field for the Church. Mark is a proud Yorkshireman and would like you to know he's also ginger and likes wearing hats.
Kathi was born in London but has spent many years living in Leeds, moving from London at a young age. She is passionate about seeing people come into the fullness of their identity in Christ, liberated to be all that they were destined to be in God's plan. She is also enthusiastic about the use of the Creative Arts in worship and to express the Gospel. Amongst her many hats she wears, she is responsible for our financial administration.
Together they make a great team!
Elders: John & Kate Casey
John is an elder of the church and together with his wife Kate have been part of the leadership of Freedom Church for many years. They are both retired, yet stay busy being involved with different church and secular activities around Leeds and beyond as well being doting grandparents to many grandchildren. Kate still teaches when needed at her local primary school and John is on the board of trustees of a number of charities which include Leeds Foodbank and TwentyTwenty in Loughborough.
Kate loves to potter around in the garden and John likes nothing more than to ride his bike up and down many hills!
Youth Leader / Children's & Community Worker: Ben Jones / Hannah Jones
Ben is married to the wonderful Hannah and is a father to two children, Christopher and Elizabeth. He has a real passion for seeing all young people encounter Jesus and learn how to live a spirit-filled life. He became a Christian at the age of 16 and felt God call him into youth ministry which led him into taking a degree in Youth work and Theology. He has been doing youth work now for over decade. As well as the youth leader at Freedom Church he is the founder of a Christian charity - Missional Generation.
Hannah has been working with children and young people for the last 15 years in many different settings such as schools and chaplaincy work. She grew up being part of the Salvation Army and was stationed in a number of areas such as Norwich, Ipswich, London and most recently Leeds developing children, youth and community work. Hannah has a diploma in childcare and a degree in Theology. Herself and Ben moved to East End park 9 years ago and she has developed a great love for the area and is passionate about seeing the community come together.
Ben loves his hats and Hannah is determined to get Mark preaching in a Salvation Army uniform one day!
P.A. (to Mark & Kathi) and Church Administrator: Lisa Airy
Lisa is married to Paul and they have two children, Jude and Olivia. Having spent many years sampling crisps at Walkers, and helping people try dresses on at retail outlet Next, she came on staff at Freedom Church about three years ago and has kept the office in check and become a reliable rock for Mark & Kathi. Lisa has an amazing pastoral heart and goes above and beyond her duties as our church administrator, she is a listening ear and wise head to many.
She is also a bit partial to dance music and listening to the Galaxy radio station!