OUr staff

  • james leman

    Lead pastor

    Lead Pastor James grew up a missionary kid on an Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. This childhood helped shape his worldview and his desire to see people come to a life-changing knowledge of Jesus. He felt called into full-time pastoral ministry as a freshman in college, but it took another 8 years for him to end up in a church setting. Now at FFMC, he is excited about pushing and challenging people to order their entire lives around Jesus Christ. His heartbeat is connecting those who currently know and passionately worship Christ, and those who are willing to live in authentic community, with those who have not yet had their lives transformed by Jesus. James is also passionate about his family. He's been married to Abby since 1999. They are blessed with two sons, Sam and JJ. James loves being in God's creation - backpacking, bicycling, rafting, camping, and the list could go on. But what he really enjoys is a good round of disc golf in just about any weather. He believes the disc golf course is the best place for an official "meeting!" 

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  • heather blackburn

    administrator of ministries

    Heather was born and raised in Spokane, WA. She has been a part of the First Free family for over 10 years. Heather came on staff in December of 2011. Heather met her husband Doug back in 2008 and they have been married since 2009. They have a beautiful daughter, Bayley, the most adorable son Sawyer and just recently adopted their new daughter, Everly!

    Heather loves to play an active role in ministry and has been involved in church ministry and para-church ministries for over 15 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and you can always find her getting a coffee at the local coffee shop. Heather is passionate about the Lord, living out the gospel, and working to expand His kingdom. She enjoys serving in whatever capacity is needed and is excited about upcoming adventures at First Church.

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  • tim scully

    director of worship ministries

    Tim has been involved in worship ministry since he was in Middle School, and has led worship for around 15 years. He has a deep love and appreciation for many styles of music: from rock and rap, to jazz and classical. His mom taught him piano and clarinet which gave him the foundation he needed to learn vocals, guitar, bass and even a little drums. He also hopes to someday learn to play the cello. Tim is also a pretty big geek. One of his greatest joys is teaching others how to leverage technology to make life easier. When not leading worship, he works full-time as a web developer and IT Specialist for Numerica Credit Union. Tim was born and raised in Spokane Valley and currently lives in the Greenacres/Liberty Lake area with his amazing wife, Christi, and two adorable sons, Tayne and Thorin, and precious daughter, Thea. In his down-time, you can find Tim reading, playing video games, riding his bicycle (or motorcycle!), or wrestling around with his kids.

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  • Patty Hands

    Children's ministry director

    Patty grew up on dairy farms in Custer and Deer Park, Washington. Her first real job was working in a church nursery at 16, and since then she’s worked as a nanny, camp counselor, challenge course facilitator, house parent for teenage girls and, most recently, as a mom. She also volunteered with Bible clubs, after-school programs, AWANA, taught Sunday school, lead Bible studies, and worked as a CASA. In a nutshell- she likes kids a lot and loves teaching them about God. She married Jeremy in 2008 and they have three children, Tessa, Gabriel, and Evangeline. They love the PNW: hiking, kayaking, biking, camping and having people over to share a meal.