MEET OUR STAFF

MICHAEL BLACKFORD

DIRECTOR OF ELEMENTARY MINISTRY, MBLACKFORD@MACFMC.ORG

Micheal has attended the Mac Free church over 17 years. A widower of 12 years-after 27 years together. Five children and a foster daughter who still calls him dad. Five grandchildren and three foster grandchildren. Graduated in 2011 from Central College with a general ministry degree and a heavy emphasis in elementary education. Owned and operated a daycare and two foster child group homes. Worked with children most of his life, starting as a camp counselor in high school. He enjoys the excitement and wonder of a child learning new things, especially as they connect to our Heavenly Father. He loves working with children because it is a constant living example of our relationship with God our Father. 

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I like all kinds of movies, even musicals 

I love stories based on real events and people.

I love to travel and have a license to drive the big bus 

I have experienced many things and done a lot of different jobs and have stories to tell 

I love a good story and everyone has one, maybe I can hear yours  

Charlie Fiddler

Technology

Charlie is new to the Free Methodist Church and excited about what God is doing in and through the FMC. He recently graduated from Central Christian College of Kansas with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He married Camille Anderson in October of 2017.

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I have worked in church technology and production for eight years

I am passionate about spreading the gospel in clear, effective, and efficient ways

I also love to teach and play board games—currently working at The Village Geek in McPherson and as a tutor at Central Christian College

Suzanne fleming

director of early childhood, sfleming@macfmc.org

Suzanne has the privilege of overseeing the administrative side of early childhood!  She has served in various aspects of children’s ministry since joining MacFree over a decade ago.  Her role is to ensure that little ones in the nursery through preschool/kindergarten, as well as the volunteers serving in these areas, have everything they need for a safe and engaging space.  She also teaches the 2-and 3-year old Sunday School class, and works closely with her husband, Zach, who oversees Family Ministry at MacFree.  They have three elementary-aged children.  Her desire is to strengthen children’s relationship with Jesus—beginning with our littlest members! 

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My husband, one of our daughters and I are all left-handed

In my spare time, you can find me reading a book—I especially enjoy historical fiction

I love to play the piano, and used to play the French Horn

I’m also a Registered Dietitian and work part-time at McPherson Hospital

I love to cook and try new recipes—most of the time they turn out

ZACH FLEMING

Pastor of Student Ministries, zfleming@macfmc.org

Zach strives to love Jesus, and make him famous in the hearts of teenagers. Zach was ordained as an Elder in the Free Methodist Church in 2008. He has a Master’s degree in “Youth Ministry Leadership” from Huntington University (2013) and a Bachelor’s degree in ministry from Central Christian College (2005). Zach is also an accomplished dramatist and musician, and he brings over ten years of youth ministry experience.  

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Favorite movie trilogy: Back to the Future 

Favorite Beverage:  La Croix 

Favorite Netflix Shows:  The West Wing, Psych, Prison Break, 24, Sherlock, Parks & Recreation (. . .too many to name!)   

Lauren Hughes

Worship Leader, lhughes@macfmc.org

Lauren Hughes is the wife to Jon Hughes and dog-mom to two shih tzu's, Bella and Dexter. They made McPherson their home in 2016 after living in Lawrence for 6 years. Despite being a Houston native, she has followed the Lord's direction to stay and serve in Kansas. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) for both undergraduate (2013) and law school (2016). She definitely loves all things KU.  

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Despite following the call into the legal field for my career, my heart and ministry has always centered on worship art.  

I served as a worship arts intern for my home church in Texas, served and lead on my church worship team in Lawrence, and have played in various church bands over the years.

I deeply strive to center my life on Colossians 3:23 - "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord and not for men."

My hope and prayer is that through music, the Lord would allow me to lead our church to new levels of relationship with Him and community with one another

Pastor David Kessler

Lead Pastor, dkessler@macfmc.org

Pastor Dave became the Lead Pastor at Mac Free in July of 2015. He and his wife, Leah have two married children and three grandchildren. He received his BA and MA from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Doctorate of Ministry from George Fox University. He was raised in a Wesleyan parsonage in North Michigan and has been part of the Free Methodist Church since 1991.    

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My (at least) annual movie is Groundhogs Day 

I almost want to play bass bad enough to start practicing 

Hidden Desire: to be a New Testament Greek scholar when I grow up

Favorite Bible Passage: Yes

I have read almost everything Leonard Sweet has written     

Keely King

Director of Middle School Ministry, kking@macfmc.org

Keely King began working at the McPherson Free Methodist Church in August of 2017 as part of the internship program at Central Christian College. Now, along with her internship she works as the Youth Ministry Assistant to aid programming and running the high school and middle school youth ministry. Keely, a student at Central, is studying Youth Ministry as well as competing as a part of the women’s soccer and cheer teams. She is married to Josiah King, also a student at Central, who is studying Risk Management and playing on the basketball team. Keely and Josiah love being a part of the community both at Central and at Mac Free.   

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I am originally from the great state of Montana which is where her parents and 11 siblings live (3 biological and 8 adopted) 

In the little spare time between my activities, I can usually be found curled up with a good book, playing Minecraft with Josiah, or making a mess crafting or drawing 

My favorite land animal is the pangolin because they look like pinecones and her favorite aquatic animal is the octopus because they’re squishy, clever, and slightly menacing   

Karolyn Moore

Office Manager, kmoore@macfmc.org

Karolyn Moore is the office manager and deals with the day to day duties to help keep the church running. She would be happy to help you by phone or in person, should you need information. Karolyn has attended Mac Free since 1989. Karolyn is married to Kerrey and together they have 4 children and 9 grand-children. The family loves to camp and fish, spending time together is very important.  Karolyn gave her life to Christ after the suicide of her father, since that time she strives to live each day for the Lord, helping others whenever she can. She is passionate about meeting the needs of those less fortunate and continues to look for opportunities.   

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I  love chasing after the grand-children  

I enjoy bowling with Kerrey 

In my spare time I like reading, auctions, and spending the day with my girlfriends

Pastor Justin Mourn

Associate Pastor, jmourn@macfmc.org

Pastor Justin joined Mac Free in October of 2017. Before joining our community, Justin worked just up the road at Central Christian College of Kansas as the Director of Spiritual Formation. Before moving to McPherson in 2011, Justin served as a Youth Pastor in Medicine Lodge, KS.  He received his Masters Degree from Denver Seminary in 2004. Justin is married to Laura and has two kids, Charis and Benjamin.   

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I love to geek out about technology 

I am a backyard mechanic 

You might find me listening to The Bible Project or 5 Minutes in Church History Podcasts 

My favorite restaurants are McDonalds & Olive Garden