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 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.


Jenn Doss - Kidz Church & Outreach Minister

Chad and Jennifer Doss serve as the Children’s & Outreach Ministers here at New Freedom. They are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children: Destiny, Noah, Hannah and Christian. Chad and Jennifer’s passion and privilege is to love Jesus with everything in them and share that love with as many people as God allows.


Noah Doss - Student Minister

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 Student Minister, presiding over Catalyst Student Ministry.


Dakota Brown - Media and Creative Arts Director

Dakota Brown graduated in 2013 from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. He then began higher education at ITT Technical Institute studying Network Systems Administration, where he graduated in 2015. Since then, he is currently studying Pastoral Leadership at Valor Christian College. He served as a media volunteer here at New Freedom Church, and now is director over Media and Creative Arts.


Darrell Eaton - Building Operations Director

Darrell Eaton comes to New Freedom Church after many years in business management. He served as our church administrator, and now as our building operations director, overseeing all building repairs and projects.


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