A Family of Believers

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Who We Are

Our Story

Freedom House Church was founded in 2003 by Pastor Paul Gonzalez with help from his wife, Amy, and his closest family. On April 11 of the same year, what he thought was going to be a weekly Bible study in his mother’s dining room would propel him into his lifetime dream: a dream to minister God’s Word to Lorain County.


From there we expanded to a Sunday service at a storefront in Elyria. Quickly needing more space, we moved back to Lorain into the basement of the Antlers building downtown. The Lord then blessed us yet again. In 2008, we were offered a substantial property to house our growing church in Amherst, Ohio.


The non-denominational, spirit-filled church you see today is by God’s design. Without his leading, inspiration, and influence, it truly would not be where it is.


We are not just a church; we are a family of believers!

Our Mission Is To:

  • Know God
  • Find Freedom
  • Discover Purpose
  • Make a Difference

Our Leadership

Pastors

Jason Jackson - Lead Pastor

A power house in prayer and all things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. Pastor Jason has a passion for the ministry of the Word to see the Church strengthened and the lost saved. Many nights and early mornings, you will find him at the church, seeking the Lord and praying for the church. He also enjoys soccer, watching football, and is a superhero movie fanatic.

Shannon McNeal - Teaching and Youth Pastor

Pastor Shannon, has been with our church since 2006. He is an avid University of Michigan fan, devoted father and husband. He also has need for (safe) speed and loves to ride his motorcycle.

Staff

Jessica Songer - Executive Administrator

Being with us since the days of the Antlers building, Jessica currently serves as an office administrator, as well as weekly being the right hand of the pastors, by coordinating various working parts for Sunday services. She also enjoys spending time with her three beautiful daughters and fur babies. 

Deanna Anderson - Small groups, Event and 

Social Media Coordinator

Deanna joined us in 2009, and keeps our events and small groups posted on the website, and various forms of media. She coordinates with small group leaders to ensure vital information is shared weekly, monthly, and annually.

She is also a wife, mother, practicing LMT, and 

director with Thirty-one gifts. 

Team Leaders

Carrie McNeal - Children’s Ministry

She has been with us since 2006, and provides our children with a clean safe environment to praise, learn, and share their faith with others. Carrie is driven, hardworking, dedicated, honest, and has a heart for the little ones. She is also a mother, wife, and is amazingly efficient with any task she is given.

Tracy Taylor - Prayer Ministry

She has been with our church since 2011, and provides exceptional help with coordinating our prayer team, for Sunday services and Wednesday’s, as well as communicating prayer in sudden and emergency situation within the body of our church. Tracy is also an amazing mother to her son, David, and daughter, Semaj.

Shannon McNeal - Usher team

Shannon, known by most as “Shay,” serves in the Usher Ministry. 

Helen Berlingeri - Cleaning Team

She has been with our church since the beginning. She does an amazing job with 

keeping things neat and tidy, as well as coordinating with the various team members. 

Apart from being a mother, she recently got engaged and also became a proud grandmother.

Meet the Groups