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James Gallaher

Senior Pastor

Office: (830) 625-1288

James and Kelly were married in 2001. They are blessed with three children, Carson, Caitlyn, and Emilie. As Senior Pastor, James oversees and prepares the weekly preaching, as well as leading the staff and mentoring marriages and young adults. James led our student ministry for 18 years with passion and dedication and has been co-pastor at Freedom serving alongside his dad. He has been on staff at Freedom Fellowship since 1998 and is devoted to the care and growth of this church family.

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Dennis Gallaher


Office: (830) 625-1288

Dennis Gallaher has been caring for God's people for over 40 years. He has a degree in Ministry from Hill Country Bible College, a BA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity College and a MA in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. Since 1988, his assignment has been Freedom Fellowship Church where he has served as Senior Pastor until releasing that role to his son, James, in 2020. He now serves as Pastor at Large in areas of preaching, teaching, and counseling as well as representing FFC in different locations both nationally and internationally. He and Mandy have been married since 2019. Together they share 12 grandchildren which means they spend lots of time at sporting activities! They are equally committed to shepherding God’s people and loving His church with sincerity and dedication.

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John David Martinez

Director of Worship Ministry


John David Martinez is married to Judy Lynn and has two children and three grandchildren. After serving his country as a Marine from '71 to '75, he played music professionally for 15 years. Turning to the Lord, he gained a passion for serving the Lord through worship. John David served as a worship leader for 12 years at CBC before joining FFC in 2017. He is president of JDMartinez Ministries that was founded to serve an orphanage in Peru. Leading mission teams to Peru for many years, he plans to continue to lead as the Lord provides, encouraging adults and youth to serve God in some capacity. 

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Travis Keas

Creative Arts Director


Travis Keas joins the Freedom Fellowship staff as the Graphics and Media Director having graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Design. Growing up in Freedom Fellowship, Travis was a part of the youth group in high school and served for several years on the youth leadership team throughout college and into his early career. He is married to his wife, Grace, who also serves on staff at FFC, and is basically pure awesomeness. They have been married since September 2011, have two daughters and love serving the Lord and His church.

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Meagan Carpenter

Freedom Education Director


Meagan has been a member of Freedom Fellowship since childhood and joined the staff in 2014. She oversees our Mother’s Day Out program and Freedom Academy for elementary homeschool students. Meagan has her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and feels blessed to be able to serve families at FFC in this area. Meagan is married to Matthew and they have 2 sons. Meagan is passionate about seeing families find hope in Jesus and experience a real relationship with Him.

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Margaret Jeffers



Margaret has attended FFC her entire life, except while at college. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and minored in Business at Texas A&M University. She married her husband, Austin, in 2014. They have two girls, Blake and Tatum, and a boy, Jonathan. Margaret volunteered with Freedom KIDS for over 4 years before starting the amazing journey as Children’s Ministry Director. She is humbled to continue to be a part of Freedom KIDS in a serving role as she focuses more of her time overseeing the financial and bookkeeping system at Freedom Fellowship. 

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Daniel Hamilton

Director of Student Ministry


Daniel and his wife, Emily, met as Young Life Leaders in Arlington, TX, and have been married since 2009. They have three awesome and lively children, Jude, Aubrey, and Elijah. As the director of Student Ministries, Daniel desires to see this generation hunger to hear God and that the love of God would transform the culture of young people in New Braunfels. With a background in Young Life, worship ministry, and education, Daniel is excited about youth and the life they bring to God’s church.

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David Justice

Director of Maintenance and Facilities


David and his wife, Marie, have been a part of Freedom Fellowship since 2013 when they relocated to Canyon Lake. David’s call to serve has continued and brought him to this point in life where he is able to work full time serving God. David has a BS in Criminal Justice and a MPA from Park University, Haumpton School of Public Affairs. He and Marie both attended and completed the initial course of study for FFC’s Abba’s House, and they are home ministers. David works in the area of Men’s Ministry, Facility Management, and assists other staff as needed.

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Mikey Pinedo

Facilities Assistant


Mikey joined the Freedom Fellowship staff in 2015 and has been a part of Freedom since 2013. He oversees all the Custodian/Maintenance needs, and coordinates with all the ministries. His heart is to provide a clean and safe environment for people to come and fellowship with God and others. He and his wife, Donna, got married in 2012 and have two daughters, Isabella and Mabel, and three sons, Ezekiel, Ezra, and Ethan. His favorite hobbies are glassblowing and disc golf and one of his favorite scriptures is Psalms 119:9. 

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Roy Sanderson

Maintenance Assistant


Roy joined the staff at Freedom Fellowship in January of 2018. Roy moved to New Braunfels from Dallas in 2014 and has been attending Freedom Fellowship since the summer of 2016. His service at Freedom includes Men’s’ Ministry, campus maintenance and improvement projects, and support for the staff and Sunday services. Roy has two grown stepchildren, a son who lives here in Austin and a daughter who lives in Dallas. 

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Valerie Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Office: (830) 625 1288

Valerie joined the Freedom Fellowship staff in 2018 and serves as an administrator in the office. She enjoys loving and serving God's people and His church. Valerie is married to Kent and has three grown children and a son-in-law. She enjoys reading God's word, helping people and loves serving at Freedom. 

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Kaylea Spinks

Director of Children's Ministry

Office: 830 625 1288

Kayleah has attended Freedom Fellowship since 2014 and got invested in Freedom KIDS right away. She enjoyed serving on the Freedom KIDS worship team and teaching Freedom KIDS Jr. during both Middle and High School. Kayleah joined the staff at Freedom Fellowship in 2020 and loved assisting in children’s ministry, moving to serve as director in 2023. Her heart is to create an environment where kids can experience God and His love for them. Kayleah is working towards her teaching degree online at Grand Canyon University.

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Meagan Rheinlaender

Director of Women's Ministry


As Women's Director, Meagan's passion is to see women fall in love with Jesus and then share that love with their families and the surrounding community. Her heart's desire is to see women at Freedom Fellowship know what it means to have a real relationship with their Savior and learn how to live for Him. Meagan has served as Freedom's Children's Director and in other various children's ministries over 10 years. She and her husband, John, have a daughter, Ella, and sons, Samuel and Luke.

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Emily Hamilton

Director of Freedom Nursery


Emily graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008. There she met Daniel Hamilton, and they married in 2009. They have three children—Jude, Aubrey and Elijah. As Nursery Director, Emily strives to provide a safe and caring place for babies - 3 years old. She loves giving parents the opportunity to participate in the worship service, with the confidence that their children are well taken care of and are learning the truths of Jesus’ love for them.

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Kayla Hardy

Counselor on Staff


Kayla is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate supervised by Dr. Linda Homeyer. Kayla has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Texas State University. She has been the Counselor on Staff at Freedom Fellowship for nearly two years, and she has been a member of Freedom Fellowship for twenty years. She is married to Daniel Hardy and together they have three children; Mason, Nola, and Lucy. Kayla has a heart for providing a space for healing that is centered around biblical principals. Kayla provides individual counseling and also leads in teachings on relational care within marriages, parenting, and ministry leadership. Kayla is also a dance teacher and loves to find opportunities to incorporate movement into her role at Freedom Fellowship. She is honored to serve the people of Freedom Fellowship Church.

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Charlie Kim



Charlie was born in South Korea and raised in Taiwan as a missionary kid. Since his youth, he sensed a calling to ministry. In 2013, he moved to Texas from Taiwan to pursue seminary training at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Charlie and Carrie have been married since 2016 and have three children: Audrey, Oliver, and Micaiah. Before joining FFC in 2023, Charlie and Carrie have been part of a young, vibrant church community where Charlie served as the associate pastor. Charlie and Carrie have a deep passion for pastoral ministry and discipleship. They love building relationships with people from all backgrounds and walking with them through their life journey.