Staff & Volunteer Leadership

Say hello to the staff and leadership team at New Freedom Church

Meet Our Leadership Team!

Joe Shutts - Lead Pastor

 As the founding Pastor of New Freedom Church, Joe Shutts has a dual passion to reach the unchurched with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and disciple believers in all aspects of their Christian walk. After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1997, he enrolled at Valor Christian College in Columbus, Ohio where he earned a diploma in Pastoral Leadership. Joe also holds a B.A. in Leadership & Ministry from Ohio Christian University and a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University. 


Dennis Bunnell - Associate Pastor

Dennis Bunnell and his family join us after serving as a licensed pastor with the United Methodist Church with school at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, OH. Dennis received his BS from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville TN; MA in Education from Florida International University, Miami FL; Administrative Certification from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.


Seth Kidwell - Executive Pastor

Seth Kidwell has joined us from the healthcare world. He is a Nurse Practitioner with previous ministry experience as an Elder. He is now the Executive Pastor here at NFC. His role is to oversee the individual ministries and help people identify where they can join the mission through volunteer service.  


Nate Thompson - Worship Pastor

Nate Thompson and his family were led to New Freedom Church by God to lead as the Worship Pastor. Nate and his family come to us from Rivers Crossing Community Church where Nate served as one of the Worship Leaders, as well as a Lay Elder of the church. Nate is a United States Navy Veteran where he served as a Sonar Technician on Submarines during War on Terrorism. Nate is heavily involved in Celebrate Recovery ministry helping lead worship and other areas. Nate is also a Controls Engineer by trade and continues to work in that field.


Noah Doss - Youth Pastor

Noah Doss graduated from Clinton-Massie High school in 2016, and started seeking God for opportunity and open doors. He was led to New Freedom Church, and served as our Kidz Church Director. As time went on, he felt a calling to move forward, and now currently serves as our youth pastor, presiding over Catalyst Student Ministry.


Maddie Wallace - Director of Children's Ministry

Madison (Soon To Be) Martin serves as the Director Of Children's Ministry here at New Freedom Church. She is a recent graduate University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Psychology and a minor in Childhood Education. She is also a certified Independent Provider to assist those with developmental disabilities. She has been apart of the children's ministry for Celebrate Recovery's Celebration Place for 6 years and is now leading the Celebration Place ministry at Joshua's Place. She has a huge heart for the next generation and we are so thankful to have her on the team.


Chris Eslinger - Technical Media & Production Director

Chris Eslinger does all things tech. He has worked in live, broadcast and content creation environments in churches for years, he also spent some time in live touring events and corporate AV. He has designed and installed audio video and lighting systems in many churches. He and his wife Bethany have 2 kids. Chris has a B.S. in Music & Worship along with Bible from Johnson University. Chris is passionate about creating quality experiences that help people engage with Jesus.



Ruth Thomas - Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Amy Combs - DCP Director & Deacon

Kim Meyer - DCP Administrator & Deacon

Christi Cheek - Dream Team Coordinator

Ron Cheek - Catalyst Youth Leader & Elder