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.

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 3 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.

Rick Allen

Worship Pastor and Ministries Director

Scott Ross

Ministry Intern

Scott Ross loves Jesus Christ and is passionate about God’s Word. His ambition in life and ministry is to glorify God.

Amy Combs


Kim Meyer

Guest Experience

Ruth Thomas

Pastoral Administrative Assistant