Our mission is to inspire and disciple youth to live as free people.

"Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor." - 1 Peter 2:16-17

What To Expect

The Free meets Fridays at 6pm! Join us for worship services at the Becoming Center on Kilpatrick and be on the lookout for special events as we head into warmer weather. All nights are for both Jr. High and Sr. High. Make sure to bring a friend and we can’t wait to see you!

Also, The Free meets every Sunday morning at the Becoming Center from 10:30am-12:30pm for Breakfast Club. This time is for our youth to fellowship and learn the truth of God’s Word.

Meet the Leader

Pastor James was born and raised in Northern California in a home with his single mother and two older siblings. He first had an encounter with God while in High school and fully surrendered his life to Christ in 2012. With a heart to preach God’s word, he quit pursuing a career in Physical Therapy and attended William Jessup Bible College. There he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry and minored in Bible Theology. Pastor James has been serving and leading in youth ministry for almost 7 years and has a heart to see that generation transformed by the love of God. Pastor James joined the Chicago Tabernacle Staff in June of 2019.

While at William Jessup, Pastor James met his wife Chelsey. They were married in December of 2016 and now have two boys–Apollos and Ananias. Pastor James and his wife Chelsey hunger to see God impact youth culture in our city.


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To stay connected and up to date on what is happening with The Free follow us on Instagram, Spotify, and YouTube!
Also, stay in the known by texting “thefree” to 97000

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Serve in The Free

It’s our heart to disciple youth to live as servants of God, who love and respect others and build His kingdom. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a student, serve in The Free!