Staff & Leadership
Staff & Leadership
Kenneth Macleod (207) 233-2191
Ken lives in Scarborough with his wife Karen, their three amazing daughters, Anne, Emma, and Lily, and their part dog/part tornado, Bailey. Ken and Karen were part of a team of believers from First EFC in Westbrook that began reaching out to the Cape Elizabeth area, which resulted in a church, Community of Grace, being born in 2011. Gospel ministry in the Greater Portland area has resulted in several partnerships, the latest being the uniting of Community of Grace with First EFC in September 2018, with Ken becoming the senior pastor of the united church.
Ken was raised in Portland and Kennebunk and believed the gospel of Jesus Christ as a child. He pursued a calling to ministry as a member of Payson Park EFC (now First EFC), education at Gordon College in Wenham, MA and Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, SC, and in a fifteen-year career as a truck driver. His passion is to equip the church to fulfill its mission to love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ by engaging culture, facilitating community, and mobilizing believers to minister according to their gifts.
Rich Fillmore (207) 747-5777
Rich has over thirty years of management experience in the commercial printing industry. This includes several years as a training supervisor and as a member of the human resources department. Other management includes supervising crews of up to 80 people in a production environment and eventually managing the department of over three hundred employees. He has always been fascinated by technology and has been involved with computer tech since the first offerings were made to the public.
Rich is married to Jeannie and they have two daughters. Alexandra Elizabeth and Caitlin Elyse who live in San Jose, California. Both girls are working and faithfully serving the Lord. We can choose to wonder, or even worry, but ultimately we need to trust God, and this has been realized completely through Rich’s life verse which is Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (NASB)
Kwabena lives in South Portland with his wife Ivy and their children, Nana and Papa. A native of Ghana, Kwabena moved to the Greater Portland area in 2004 after living in Vermont for two years.
He came to know the Lord as a teenager and grew in his love for God through his involvement with various campus ministries and his local church in Ghana. His desire is to see the Church live out the gospel as ambassadors of God’s Kingdom to the world.
Kwabena and Ivy were part of a group of families from First EFC, Westbrook that started Community of Grace in Cape Elizabeth in 2011. In 2018, Community of Grace joined with First EFC of Westbrook to become Community of Grace, Westbrook.
He is a Civil Engineer working for an engineering firm in the Portland area. He loves soccer and traveling to see new places.
Mike Skrivan has been an elder at First E. Free since 2016 and served as a Deacon for four years before that. Mike moved to Maine in 2008 from North Carolina and works for the local telephone company, Consolidated Communications. Mike and his wife Nancy have three children, four grandchildren and have lived in six states (Washington, Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Maine). The grandkids, all boys, live in Tulsa Oklahoma and McAllen Texas.
Mike is active on the Missions Committee, in Small Groups and serves as a sub for children’s Sunday School and the Nursery. Mike became a Christian in High School through the ministry of Youth For Christ. He grew up in Tacoma, Washington, attended BIOLA College for two years and graduated from Washington State University. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, playing video games, and landscaping.
Tim and his wife Dale are both native Californians and have been worshipping and fellowshipping at First E. Free since they moved to Maine in 2002. They have two grown children, daughter Megan, living in San Diego, CA and son Ben living here in Maine. Tim has served on the Elder Board since 2013, and had served as a teacher with the High School ministry for several years before that. He continues as an active participant in the music ministry in both leadership and musical support roles.
Tim came to faith in Christ in his early 20’s through great friends and mentors who patiently and steadfastly shared the Gospel of Jesus with him. He is an architect with a small practice in the Portland area and loves to ride motorcycles and mountain bikes, hike and play golf whenever he can find the time.
Reverend David DeLuca
Dave came to know Christ through a campus crusade witness in Daytona Beach Florida and was discipled by Roy Swanson while in Campus Ambassadors. He received his undergraduate at State University of New York and his ministry training at Denver Seminary. He has served churches in Colorado, Illinois, New York and Maine as well as counseling at the Windham Correctional Facility and Tri County.
Dave had the opportunity to serve God by writing a number of on-line Bible studies for Christianity Today, a couple of quarterly Sunday school materials for Accent Publications and a few articles in a variety of Christian publications. He currently serves as a chaplain doing mental health and substance abuse groups at St Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and has written one book currently titled “Stuff Happens”, but hope shines through.
Dave has been graced with an incredible wife ….Ellen and four special children who love God and at this point, 6 grandchildren... a few of whom enjoy one of his passions… fishing… and later on in the year snowmobiling.
Dr. Kurt Ebrahim
The Lord found this lost sheep, Doug Hathaway, when he was in his forties.
Doug was born in Yarmouth and grew up there, graduating from North Yarmouth Academy in 1960, and then from the University of Maine in1969. He desired to be an earth science teacher and coach, but the Lord had other plans, and he ended up in sales at John Morrell in the meat industry for 25 years. During this time he married and had two daughters, but he spent much time reaching for the gusto that proved never to be there, and his marriage fell apart.
He says he got sick and tired of being sick and tired, so when he was befriended by some men who were attending a biblical Christian church, he started attending as well. There he came to the Lord and gave his life to Christ. He has been changed and no longer chases after the things he used to.
Doug and Barb married in 2003 and are both committed to following and serving the Lord together. Between them, they have five children and twelve grandchildren.
As a deacon in his not-so-fast years, Doug continues to encourage, keep in touch, and pray, especially with seniors. Romans 15:13 is meaningful to him: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In 1999 Chris met Melyssa who is now his wife. They started dating in January of 2000, and he began attending the Faith Alliance Church in Winthrop. After three months he gave his life to Christ. Chris and Melyssa have two daughters, Samantha and Ashley.
Chris and his family began attending First E. Free Church in 2009. Since that time he has become a Sunday School Teacher, a Leader in the Youth Group, and in 2016 he was made a Deacon.
Chris states, “I lived 20 years without Christ in my life and at the age of 20 God showed me his love. He showed me that I have a need for forgiveness. My life verse is Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes
EFCA New England District Association
Sam began work as the DS in August 2016, taking over for Ves Sheely who retired after 17 years of ministry. Prior to working with NEDA, Sam planted and pastored BeFree Community Church in Alton, NH. Before serving with BeFree, he worked with Young Life, a ministry for teens.
Sam co-authored The Five Stones: An Everyday Guide To Following Jesus. This resource helps people understand and live an authentic way of life in Christ.
Sam and his wife, Wendy, have been married for 17 years. They live in Alton, NH, with their 3 children: Nadia (17), Isabelle (15), and Seth (12). Together, they run a discipleship center out of their home to help families develop healthy relational, financial, and spiritual patterns for life by providing a season of affordable housing and mentored training. Sam loves to hike in the NH mountains with his manly dog, Penelope the Puggle; cheer on the New England sports teams with his family, and coach youth sports in his town. His passion in ministry is to see the church of Jesus engaged in residential ministry within the community so that more and better disciples of Jesus will be made.