Contact Pastor Blair
Blair is originally from Ontario, Canada. He came to the United States on a baseball scholarship in 1994. He graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1999 with a degree in telecommunication arts. He met his wife, Gina, at Butler University and they were married July 1, 2000. Blair received his degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in December 2002 with a Masters in Divinity with an emphasis in Evangelism. After graduating, he and Gina moved to St. Joseph, MI to begin their ministry at The Chapel. After serving at The Chapel as an Associate Pastor for seven years, Blair came to Findlay E-Free to serve as our Senior Pastor in September of 2010. The Haywards have two daughters, Reegan and Marah.
I was born…in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Life verse…It is my goal for this verse to be true of me when my life is over: Acts 11:24 “…for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.”
My childhood ambition was…to play Major League baseball.
Transforming experience…surrendering my life to Jesus Christ at Elm St. Christian Church in Olney, IL, February 4, 1996.
Best advice I would give a 20 year old…follow and serve God, act with integrity, and follow Dave Ramsey’s plan for the money God gives you!
Contact Pastor Dewey
Dewey, and his wife Mackenzie, grew up in Bucyrus, Ohio and after graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002, Dewey began work in full time ministry there. He and Mackenzie married in 2004. In 2006, he graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. And in 2008, Dewey began working at the City Mission of Findlay. He served there for 6 1/2 years before becoming Findlay E-Free's Equipping Pastor in January of 2015. As the Equipping Pastor, he works with Findlay Evangelical Free's Adult Discipleship and Assimilation Ministry.
Life verse...1 Peter 5:7 "...casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
My significant others are...Mackenzie, Kenan, Everly, and Abbott.
My ideal vacation would be...A 14-day Alaskan cruise.
Trademark cliche or saying..."What you want the most is what you worship and what you worship determines what you will do."
Nobody knows that I...Used to run track and cross country at IWU.
Contact Pastor Stephen
Stephen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His family traveled around California singing for most of his life. After graduating Antioch High School, he moved to LA to attend college and met his wife, Rebecca. A few years later they were married in 2006 and now have two children, CJ and London.
I have traveled to...48 states, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, England, Spain, France, and Italy.
I was born...in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Biggest pet peeve...is popcorn and nachos in a movie theater.
For fun I like to...hang out with my wife and kids, go to movies, and watch sports.
My favorite verse is...Psalm 139
Community Outreach Pastor
Contact Pastor Dave
Favorite Bible character...The nameless brothers running around Antioch who were preaching the gospel to everything that moved.
Life verse...1 Peter 4:10-11 says, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
My significant others are...My wife Kari, and sons, Ezra and Eli.
My last meal would be...Well its gonna be with Jesus! And I'm campaigning for Mexican food being on the menu.
Best advice I would give a 20 year old...Get together, open the Bible, believe the gospel, obey it and share it by faith. Then hit 'repeat'.
Contact Pastor Scott
Favorite Bible character…David…known as a man after God’s own heart.
My childhood ambition was…to be a professional sports athlete…isn’t everyone’s?
My significant others are…my wife, Terri, 3 sons: Drew, Zach, and Tyler and we have a dog named TobyMac (Mac) and a tortoise named Leo.
Best advice I would give a 20 year old…before you know it you will realize you don’t know everything…spend time with those who have gone before you and listen and learn.
My favorite pastime…has been getting back in shape and running. I love to run in my neighborhood and being able to pray for the neighborhood that God has placed us in.
Pastor to Families with Children
Contact Pastor Doug
Doug grew up in Northern Michigan. He graduated from Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University. Doug taught special education in several local school districts in Michigan for 21 years. Doug was called to full-time vocational ministry in 2011. Doug and his wife Robin have been married since 1992 and they have 4 children.
Favorite Bible character...Paul
I was born...in Chicago, IL
Life verse...Ephesians 3:20-21
My childhood ambition was...to become a firefighter or a school teacher
My ideal of a perfect day is...on the beach in Ludington, MI with my family
Children's Ministry Assistant
Becky was born in Glendale, California.
Life verse...Hebrews 12:1-2
My ideal perfect day...staying home with my family and eating and playing games in our PJs
My significant others are...my husband, Stephen, and our children, CJ and London
My ideal vacation...anywhere that includes a beach
Luann has been with E-Free since May of 2005. Luann and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Life verse…1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
My favorite city outside of Findlay…Charlotte, NC.
If I had a different job I’d be… a nurse.
My last meal would be…a pizza and a Dietsch’s sundae.
I am happiest when…my whole family is under one roof.
Music & Youth Secretary
Kathy Rodabaugh has been assisting E-Free’s youth and worship pastors since May, 2001. She was born and raised in Findlay. After attending Cedarville University for a year, Kathy married Mark and later graduated from The University of Findlay with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications (Public Relations emphasis).
The Rodabaughs have three adult children, Jeremy, Emilie, and Dean. They have been members at E-Free since December, 1993.
Life verse…Job 23:10 “But He knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
My childhood ambition was…to be a lawyer.
My significant others are…The Rodabaughs have three adult children and a granddaughter.
Trademark cliche’ or saying…Where’s my (cell phone, purse, car keys, etc.)?
I am happiest when…I can see God’s hand at work in someone’s life.
Before graduating, Mike led a checkered past...self proclaimed high school band nerd, aquarium fish fanatic, drama and live audio visual geek. During his college years, he lead worship as a volunteer, trained technically in Information Technology and did freelance graphic design and web development. During this period, Mike met his wife Lisa and they now have three children, Malaya, Evangeline, and Asher. In 2010 Mike landed a full time ministry position at Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, GA where he served for 5 years before returning to Northwest Ohio to be near family. Mike is excited to use design and technology that is vital in today's fast paced digital world to help bring others to a life changing connection with Jesus.
Favorite Bible character...David, King David. He made many mistakes in his life but was still identified as "a man after God's own heart." I had the opportunity to produce and act in a live drama piece where I was given the part of David. Taking the time to really understand what struggles and decisions David made in order to portray the part really transformed my understanding of David and Jesus.
My worst habit is...'Dr. Pepper'
I was born...in Alamogordo, New Mexico. That makes me a "New Mexican."
My favorite city outside of Findlay...Savannah, GA
If I had a different job I'd be..."Marine Biologist"
Assistant to Senior Pastor
Melanie was born in Bellaire, Ohio and grew up in central Pennsylvania. She joined the Covenant Players, an International Repertory Christian Theater company from 1978 to 1991. She met and married Michael Martin in 1982 and they enjoyed raising their children, Ben and Stephanie. More recently she completed an Associate of Arts degree with History Concentration. This completed a degree started in 1978. Melanie and her husband have enjoyed the ministry through Covenant Players Christian Theater while travelling, and the life lessons that they learned during that time. Presently, they enjoy seeing their children who live close by and making new memories with them.
Life verse...Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous...
One of my fondest memories...summers. Especially July celebrating my birthday with fireworks, swimming parties, camping anywhere, picnics and catching fireflies. Oh yes, summer!
Transforming experience...a moment as a child when Jesus no longer had to stand knocking because I opened the door and invited Him in.
I am happiest when...I am laughing at my husband's jokes and amusements.
Best advice I would give a 20 year old...enjoy each stage of your life fully. Then enjoy the next. Live carefully and purposefully so that you have no regrets.
Likes...the color blue of all hues. Tea of all types. And learning in great gulps.
Favorite Bible character…Paul (least of these).
If I could ask God one question…Why did you love us?
My idea of a perfect day is…75 degrees and riding my motorcycle.
My favorite city outside of Findlay…anywhere in Tennessee.
One of my fondest memories…when my daughter was born.
Lighthouse Community Location
Lighthouse Campus Pastor
Contact Pastor Fritz
Fritz is the pastor of our Lighthouse Community campus. He welcomes people to worship services, helps them connect with others and discover how God can help them grow. Fritz and his wife, Christina, are passionate about helping people discover what it means to live like Jesus. They have four children: Jackson, Levi, Hendrix, and Karis.
Favorite Bible Verse... When Peter and John were told to stop talking about Jesus, this was their response: "As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:20)
Most listened to Pandora stations... Top two are: Willie Nelson radio and Hillsong Young & Free
My childhood ambition was... NAVY fighter pilot or right wing for Detroit Redwings
On my bookshelf... Prayer Coach (Nicodem), Mobilizing Men for One-on-One Ministry (Sonderman), Lincoln on Leadership (Phillips), Real-Life Discipleship (Putman), With Jesus Through Galilee (Pixner)
My ideal vacation would be... Anywhere with the people I love – especially outdoors... in the wilderness... with a bowling alley.
Worship Asst./Lighthouse Asst.
Jennie was born in southeast Ohio. Raised in a God-loving, performance-oriented family, she pursued music as a career from childhood. She has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Muskingum University, toured with the Christian rock band Affix, and directed the worship program at Friendship Baptist Church in New Concord, Ohio, for nearly six years. She and her husband Art came to Findlay in 2014 to pursue Art's career in electrical engineering, and almost immediately became a part of the E-Free family. The Anderson have a son named Calvin, and they spend their time serving God, playing board games, and watching every Marvel movie they can.
Best advice I would give a 20 year old...Your dream job may be a job you don't even know exists, and it's possible to create it for yourself. I did! Just be patient, work hard, and trust God.
I am happiest when...I can have all the windows open in my house.
Favorite Bible character...Chenaniah, the man who was made worship master in Davidic times "because he was skillful." Also, the Levites who were specifically set aside from all other priestly duties because they were responsible for keeping music going day and night in the temple.
Life verse..."For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." -Romans 8:18
Nobody knows that I...Once placed first statewide in competitive math tournaments.
Alli grew up in Northern Illinois in a Christian family. She prayed to accept Jesus as a young child but wasn't completely "sold out" for Him until she was 20. Alli had graduated college with her Bachelors in Family and Child Studies. Soon after graduation she married Matthew and less than two months after getting married they moved to Findlay and joined E-Free. In 2016, she was blessed to become a mother to a wonderful boy named Harrison and it is her joy to see him grow and come to know Jesus.
If I could ask God one question...why cats?
My last meal would be...Mexican
Best advice I would give a 20 year old...do absolutely everything You can to graduate college debt free, you'll thank me...
I am happiest when...there are no dishes in my sink and when I see someone have a fire lit in them to seek the Lord.
Life verse..."And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:11