Gabe grew up in a loving family and followed in his parents’ footsteps when he moved to Tallahassee and began attending Florida State University. The summer after his freshman year he was surprised to find his life changing dramatically after God began to answer his simple but honest prayers for help.
After graduating from Florida State with a degree in mathematics and physics, Gabe married his college sweetheart Jennifer, and together they began working as campus ministers at their alma mater. Nine years later, Gabe and his family moved to New Jersey where Gabe began pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematical physics at Rutgers University.
Gabe graduated in May 2011, and then took the logical (?!) next step and assumed the lead pastor role at Freedom Church. Gabe and Jennifer have six amazing children and love having a house full of music.
The youngest daughter of a South Jersey pastor, Elisa Zinn discovered a love for God at a young age. Serving in her father’s church provided a hands-on education in ministry work, and she continued that education at North Central University and Rhema Bible Training Center. She graduated in Missions and Bible Studies and immediately put her knowledge to godly use. Elisa has lived in both Belgium and Italy, working as a…
Jeremy experienced a dramatic conversion to Christ during his senior year of high school. Through a faithful friendship and God’s pursuing love, he turned to Christ after seeing the emptiness of a life centered around a desperate longing for approval and acceptance. Jeremy studied Operations Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and, after graduating, began working in New York. Shortly after, in late 2003, he took a job in Philadelphia so he could help start Freedom Church.
Jeremy loves the city of Philadelphia and the people who call this great city home. He counts it one of his greatest privileges to worship God with music and to lead the wonderful team of musicians God has assembled at Freedom Church. He has great expectations for the new expressions of creativity that God will bring out of this diverse people. Jeremy is husband to Elizabeth and proud father of Luciana and baby girl #2 on the way.
Marianne Jones is a native of Philadelphia. Having grown up in a family of 10 siblings, she thrived on the pillars established by her parents, of faith, family and education. Once she graduated from the High School of Engineering and Science, she went on to Howard University in Washington, D.C. to graduate in Accounting.…
Micah Jones is husband to Tiffany and proud father of Layla and Morgan. He serves as the chair of the Bass department at The University of the Arts in Center City. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Micah came to the Philadelphia area to study violin at Temple University. He decided that jazz is where his heart is, and switched his major to acoustic bass.
Micah received his Bachelor’s at Temple and his Master’s degree from the University of the Arts. Six years ago Micah and his family came to Freedom Church in search of a new church home. When his two year-old daughter announced “I like church,” the whole family knew they had found their place to serve.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Theresa began performing at an early age. Attending Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, Theresa spent her childhood and teenage years preparing for a career in the performing arts. She experienced a dramatic conversion during her freshman year at Hampton University, while performing in a concert with the school’s gospel choir “His Chosen Sounds”. Theresa began to focus her attention on living authentically with God and stepped away from the stage.
After graduating from Hampton University with a degree in Communications, she relocated to Philadelphia to work for a major oil corporation. Theresa eventually left this position and obtained her M.Ed. from Chestnut Hill College to teach middle school. Shortly thereafter, Theresa began working in Christian Higher Education and has remained in the field of Student Development and Spiritual Formation for the past twenty years.
Theresa now uses her communication gifts to share truths about God’s unfailing love in a captivating, restorative way. She has a genuine love for people of all backgrounds and possesses a knack for celebrating them. Theresa lives in St. Davids, PA with her wonderful husband Henry, motivational speaker, and avid sports fan. They have two beautiful children, Regal and Nia.
Aaron was born and raised in northern New Jersey. One of the most profound experiences of his life happened on a mission trip as a teenager.
As he was surrounded by poverty and hurting people he felt numb to their need. He asked God to change his heart to care for people, and felt God clearly begin a work in his heart that still continues today.
He went on to graduate from Wheaton College where he focused on Communications and Biblical Studies. He married his high school sweetheart, Deanna, and she has served along with him in ministry for the past 12 years. They have 3 children and reside in South Jersey. Aaron served as a youth pastor for 10 years before coming to Freedom Church near the beginning of 2015. If you have questions about getting plugged into Freedom church, he is the man to talk to!
Jim currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area where he is the Executive Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. Prior to coming to DC, he was the Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
A master class student of world-renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening, Jim’s musical experience encompasses that of professional musician, university instructor, worship leader, recording engineer/producer as well as owner of a media production company.
A recognized prophetic voice, he regularly ministers to individuals, churches and in conferences both domestically and internationally.
Jim and Angie, married for almost forty years, live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They have two grown children along with perfect grandchildren.
Jun and Mabel Lee were married in 1992 and have three wonderful children, Sarah, Stephen, and Seth. They have been ministering to couples and helping build strong families since 1998.
Hailing from the Philippines, Jun graduated from De LaSalle University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and ran his own business from 1995 until he entered vocational ministry in 2008. Mabel received her law degree from Ateneo Law School in 1989 and was a practicing lawyer and a court attorney for the Philippine Supreme Court until she decided to set her career aside in order to focus on raising their children.
Their daughter, Sarah, dances professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Their oldest son, Stephen, is studying piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory. Their youngest, Seth, is in middle school.
In addition to homeschooling Seth and supporting Jun with Children’s Ministry and Marriage and Family Ministry, Mabel assists Pastor Gabe with administrative matters, particularly in the area of finance.
The youngest daughter of a South Jersey pastor, Elisa Zinn discovered a love for God at a young age. Serving in her father’s church provided a hands-on education in ministry work, and she continued that education at North Central University and Rhema Bible Training Center. She graduated in Missions and Bible Studies and immediately put her knowledge to godly use.
Elisa has lived in both Belgium and Italy, working as a missionary and serving young churches in their music and children’s ministries. She continued that work in the U.S., building and growing ministry teams for several fellowships, including what is now Freedom Church of Philadelphia. Elisa served on the planting team there and is an active member, mentor, and worship leader.
For all her kingdom-building gifts, Elisa’s passion is empowering women to embrace their identity in Christ. Standing on the promise of Luke 1:45, she believes God has purposeful plans for his daughters and labors in love to help them come to life. Elisa is happily married to Paul Zinn and the proud mother of two sons and a daughter.