Pastor Melvin and Liliana Whittington

With a career as a Church planter spanning more than 40 years in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Ohio among other locations, and missionary work in the Caribbean and in Central and South America, Melvin was asked to plant one more, and that was the beginning of Freedom Fellowship Church of the Villages (FFCTV).

Melvin and his wife Liliana moved to The Villages Florida in 2016, and in 2017 the task of seeding FFCTV began.

The goal? To establish a full gospel remnant Church to prepare God’s children for the coming rapture, and what we may face until then.

As a result, in 2022 FFCTV has obtained property and erected a revival tent where Sunday services are held, while simultaneously streaming to thousands around the world. To inform and prepare his flock, Pastor Melvin co-hosts a news commentary program with FFCTV Co-Pastor Paul Begley using the Word of God as their compass.

Email: [email protected]

Favorite Food: Country Cooking

Co-Pastor Paul Begley

Pastor Paul Begley has pastored from the cornfields of Indiana over 38 years! Pastor Paul is married to his wife Heidi of 40 years with 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.

Ordained under Dr. Lester Sumrall, Pastor Paul has a multifaceted ministry including television, internet missions and healing out reaches.

In the last two years Pastor Paul and Heidi were led to come alongside Pastor Melvin and Lili Whittington in The Villages Florida to Co-Pastor Freedom Fellowship.

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Pastor Paul loves to sing and have a slice of KeyLime Pie from time to time.

Keith McManus-Hospitality/Outreach

Keith McManus serves as the Creative Ministry Director and is responsible for developing and overseeing our serving ministries.  He is also the director of The EPIC Experience, an evolution in reimagining how the greatest story ever told is experienced, and The EPIC Institute, a consulting and ministry coaching group dedicated to Inspiring & Empowering Individuals to Reach Better Results.  Keith is an effective communicator with the ability to creatively illustrate, bring a story to life and make the experience memorable.  He has over 32 years invested in ministry and served at Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts as an Entertainment Leader.  A fun-loving, energetic, outgoing, and adventurous guy, Keith uses imagination and creativity to bring excitement and fresh perspective to the art of reaching people for Christ.

Email: [email protected]

Favorite Type of Food: Mexican

Favorite Scripture: Matthew 5:16

A fun fact: I had the privilege of driving several Main Street Electrical Parade floats down Main Street USA in Walt Disney World and setting off fireworks at Disney.

Pastor Israel Hall-Minister of Music

Israel Hall is the Praise and Worship Pastor at Freedom Fellowship Church of The Villages and Paul Begley Prophecy.

He recorded and toured internationally out of Nashville, Tennessee as a saxophonist, guitarist, singer and audio engineer with a Grammy award winning, multi-platinum artist and many other headlining national acts before entering ministry in Florida. Growing up in the 1980’s, his Mother was a worship leader and his Father an assistant Pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa under Pastor Chuck Smith.

Israel is also the Vice President of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools-an organization that has put Bible Curriculum classes as an elective in over 4,000 Schools in the United States. He has been married to his sweetheart from Montana, Kristin Hall for 15 years.

Email: [email protected]

Favorite type of food-Fish

Fun Fact: I was born on National Saxophone Day.

Favorite Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Kristin Hall-FFCTV Administration

Until moving to Nashville, TN in 2017 I was born and raised in Montana.  I was born in a small town (think no stoplights, two restaurants and one grocery store small town) by the name of Plains, moving to Kalispell when I was 9.

Kalispell is one of the biggest cities in Montana and sits right outside of Glacier National Park.  I spent most of my time growing up outside hiking, biking, swimming, snowboarding and hunting. My parents still live in Kalispell. In my 20’s I met my wonderful husband Israel (Freedom Fellowships music minister) and we were married July 7, 2007

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Favorite food:  It’s a tie between Mexican and Italian

Hobby: Taking picture

Favorite animals: Giraffes and Turtles

Favorite Scripture: Rather than just a scripture, the book of Ruth is my favorite book of the Bible.


Rick Heid

Born 1960

After serving a tour in the USN, and then 30+ years in the entertainment industry in many capacities, Rick planted roots at Freedom Fellowship just weeks after the Church was launched.

Hired as a guitar player on the worship team, Rick now serves on staff as the Technical Director for live production and web management.

Rick is married to Lynette, and they are proud parents of 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Behind the scenes, always there, proud to serve.

Email: [email protected]

Favorite Food: Ice Cream

Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 6:3

Fun Fact: At 62, I play Video Games

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