Staff and Leadership
Get to know our church leadership team.
Pastor David accepted God's gift of Salvation and was baptized at the age of 13 in his home church in Virginia Beach, VA. He Graduated from Gateway Christian College in 2005 with a B.S. in Secondary Education, then earned his M.A. in Biblical Exposition from Liberty University in May 2023. He worked for 18 years in Christian school ministry as a Math and Bible teacher, athletic director, and coach of various sports. He also was employed as a music minister and youth pastor for six years during that time, as well as serving his local church in various capacities.
David and his wife of 17 years, Joy, moved to Albany in June 2023. They love it here, and are so thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of this church and to reach into the community. They have five children, which always keeps life busy and entertaining. Pastor David loves sports, playing music, running, talking about the Bible and theology, and hanging out with his family.
Mark earned his bachelor's of science degree in Christian Education from Welch College in 1989. He served in churches across the south east, and after serving our church as youth minister from 1998-2009 and music minister from 2009-2020.
He is best known for cracking jokes with our senior members, maintaining and growing relationships with our congregation, and keeping things light with his signature laid back attitude.
Youth & Children's Pastor
Kevin graduated from Welch College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. He assisted with many youth ministry programs over the years and served as a full time Family Pastor in Virginia for 5 years.
Kevin began serving with us in November 2021, and he and his wife Ellen have been such a blessing to us already. They love our kids and teenagers and we are lucky to have them. If you want to get to know them, start any conversation with Kevin with a reference to sports or Marvel. And if you have a few hours to spare, mention the new Taylor Swift album to Ellen!
Tisha grew up here at First Free Will Baptist Church, and has been an assistant at the church since 1984. With no exaggeration, we could not keep this church running without her. She cares deeply about everyone she interacts with, and loves to love people.
"Just call Tisha" is a phrase you will hear often around here.
Venescia has been a faithful member of First Free Will for many years, and her dedication to this churched is matched by few. As our treasurer, she handles God's money, and that is a responsibility she takes very seriously.
While she may be a serious steward, she is a kind and tender servant. Listen to her talk about the people she serves in this church and that will become quite clear.
If a southern drawl warms your heart, you're going to love Ms. Sherry! After a lot of years serving this church, Sherry shows no signs of slowing down. Her list of responsibilities is long, and we certainly can't fit it all here.
Just know, if you have a question about your designated giving or you just want to hear a few more syllables added to your name, come by and see Sherry. She'll take care of you!