First Free Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership at First Free are here to serve the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out:  email them (office at or call our church office to speak with them (718-745-7775).

  • Chris Hooper


    Chris has served at First Free since early 2014.  He previously served a small urban church in Denver, Colorado as their Executive Pastor.  He studied at Denver Seminary after working for a few years in the computer industry.  Chris married his High School sweetheart Holly.  Their sons are in High School and Middle School respectively.

  • Ben Dodd

    Associate Pastor

    Ben has served as associate pastor at First Free since 2008. He studied urban ministry at City Seminary of New York and urban planning at Pratt Institute. Ben and his wife Pam live in Bay Ridge.

  • David Redekop

    Youth Director

    David has a long history of involvement with First Free's youth and has been in the role of Youth Director since 2017. Having grown up in Syracuse and attended college in NYC, he has counted Bay Ridge and Dyker Hieghts as home for almost a decade now. 

  • Bernadette Terzano

    Administrative Assistant

    Bernadette has been a member at First Free for several years.  Her husband, Paul, and sons, Paul Andrew and David are all native New Yorkers. Bernadette joined our administrative staff in 2016. 

    Contact any of our staff by emailing office at or call our office at (718) 745-7775.  Please leave a message if we are not able to answer immediately.

Our Ministry Partners

At First Free, we value both our local independence and our global interdependence. We benefit from the autonomy and ability to serve our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit. We also benefit from the accountability and relationships formed in our district and national associations.  These affiliations help us serve Jesus effectively and encourage us to stay rooted in God's Word.