Steve has served at Chester Freedom Ministries since 1980. He is gifted as a pastor-teacher and has a knack for telling it like it is. His messages focus on taking Biblical principles and teaching how they apply to everyday life. He has led the church through many changes to prepare and equip us to reach and teach those in our world. Steve is the President and teaching Professor at the Vine Institute and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Medical Clinic and the Cottages of Chester Village. Steve and wife, Shelia, have three grown children; Brantly, Chara and Jordan. They have two wonderful grandchildren, Caden and Kendal.
Bill Stallings has served as our Pastor since July 2004 and is a graduate of Trinity College of the Bible & Trinity Theological Seminary with a B.A in Biblical Counseling. He and his wife Teri, have two grown children, Kristin and Landon. God has given Bill a heart for teaching people how to have a deeper relationship with Christ through practical preaching, mentoring, and biblical discipleship that equips believers with the tools they need to live a victorious life in Christ. Bill has a passion for helping those who are broken by sin and life’s circumstances and ministers to the hurts and wounds that keep God’s people from enjoying their relationship with God and others through inner healing and deliverance. He is deeply interested in teaching people who they are in Christ while helping them find their gifting and place in the body of Christ. He is also passionate about ministering to our church family through pastoral care and counseling.
Angie Etters joined the staff in September 2004. She is responsible for administration as she serves the staff and church family at CFM. She assists our three pastors, handles communication to the church as well as handling the financials of our church. Angie has been involved with Horizons Christian Academy since 2002 and now serves as treasurer for the HCA Board of Directors. Angie’s husband, Dean, serves as a deacon of Chester Freedom Ministries where they and their three children, Krista, Jeremy and Kaylee are actively involved.
Nate Malone earned his degree in Christian Studies and Youth Ministry from North Greenville University in 2000. He ministers to our youth alongside a team of people with a heart for young people in both our church and in this community. Nate has dedicated his life to youth ministry since 1999 and made Chester Freedom Ministries his home in 2008. Nate is also involved in a community youth ministry as part of a group of local churches known as Open Door. Nate ministers with his wife, Chara. Nate and Chara have one beautiful daughter, Kendal who was born in September 2012.
Music & Media Director
Chris Goodwin moved from playing guitar in our worship band to leading worship at Chester Freedom Ministries in 2008. Chris has a team of very gifted musicians and singers who lead our church family in worship each week. Chris is also our website designer and is able to combine his technical knowledge with the arts. Chris and his wife Erica married in 2009 and moved to Chester 2010. They are blessed with two wonderful sons, Hollis and Hudson.
Ronnie Kanipe has served the Lord and those at Chester Freedom Ministries while maintaining our facilities and grounds since November 2002. He is responsible for building maintenance, janitorial services, and ground care. This is no small task since the building is used nearly 12 hours per day during the week not including Sunday services and special events. Ronnie and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Elijah and Levi and one daughter, Alexandria.
Melissa Lindsey coordinates ministry for our children. She is a graduate of Limestone College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. She works full time at Chester Park School of the Arts as a physical education teacher. Melissa has worked part-time with the children at Chester Freedom Ministries since 1998. She coordinates and educates with activities such as nursery, Kids JAM and summer camp. The common purpose of all the activities is to give children the opportunity to experience God’s love and in turn, demonstrate it to the world.