Freedom Team

Spiritual Leadership - Pastoral Staff

  • Senior Pastor -Thaddeus & Joena Searcy

    Rev. Searcy serves as Senior Pastor of Freedom Church Ministries with a growing, vibrant and healthy church community! He has always had a passion for the unchurched and is driven by his desire to see lives impacted through inspiring Worship, the Word of God, and the Work of the Holy Spirit. He is consumed with a hunger to know and apply God's Word and sharing the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the spiritual lead of the church and the head overseer of the Mens Ministry.

  • Executive pastor - Eric and jennifer hampton

    Pastor Eric serves Freedom Church and Pastor Thaddeus as the Executive Pastor. In 2013, Pastor Eric and his wife Jennifer launched Arrow Church in the south suburbs of Chicago, which later merged with Freedom Church in early 2021. Pastor Eric is passionate to point people towards Christ and has a vision to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. As Executive Pastor, he ensures every element of Freedom Church makes the personal experience easy for anyone and everyone to find God and community. 

    Education: B.A. in Communications from Eastern Illinois University with a minor in Business Administration; Master of Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago.

    Pastor Eric is also certified in Church Administration, Leadership, Organizational Development, Nonprofit Governance, and Nonprofit Administration. 

    Pastor Eric and Jennifer Hampton reside in the south suburbs of Chicago with their sons, Ethan and Jacob. 


    Pastor Bill Blonski serves FCMI as Assistant Pastor to Rev. Searcy. He has a great love for people and is devoted to teaching them God’s Word and its’ significance in their daily lives. He’s also dedicated to helping God’s people discover and develop their spiritual gifts to serve the body of Christ. Pastor Bill’s passion and vision for the church is that the people of God spiritually grow in a healthy way through biblical principles of discipleship.  


    Pastor Gregory Morris has a BA in New Testament Theology and Communications from Oral Roberts University. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) in Practical Theology and is pursuing his Masters in Theology. He is actively an Associate Pastor at Freedom Church Ministries Inc. (FCMI) as a co-overseer with his wife Pastor Donna Morris over the inner workings of FCMI’s Hospitality, Greeters, Ushers ministries and they are both vocalists on the Praise Team. In addition, Gregory is Vice President of an organization called “Men of Faith” a fellowship geared to equipping leaders to live authentic lives that transform their churches, families and communities for the Kingdom of God.

    Pastor Donna Morris is also an alumnus of Oral Roberts University where she majored in Theological and Historical Studies and Psychology. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) as well and is pursuing a Masters in Theology and Counseling. Donna is an Associate Pastor at FCMI and oversees their Women’s Ministry.

  • Director of engagement & partnerships - 

    Dr. Dewayne & Nina Sutton

    Dewayne Sutton serves as Youth Pastor of Freedom Church. Dewayne comes with a wealth of experience and has a true heart for ministering to the next generation. 

    Dewayne is a former college professor, United States Navy veteran as well as a professional musician. He has been called to lead the children, teenagers and young adults and educate them about Christianity, worship and community outreach. His motto is “ Sunday is easy, what will you do the rest of the week”. He resides in Flossmoor Il, with his wife Nina Nicole and children.