Our Staff

Apostle Michael Sowell
Senior Pastor

Apostle Mike is known for his compassion for lost, hurting and broken people. He’s also known for his down-to-earth teaching style which meets people of all ages and backgrounds where they are with the message from God they need. He began in ministry with a weekly Bible study at the Winnebago County Jail (which continues to this day) and served at Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry and as the Chaplain of the County Jails in Winnebago and Stephenson County. He currently serves as Executive Director of Master Builder Jail Ministries and as Chaplain of the Stephenson County Jail.

Pastor Susie Sowell

Senior Pastors Michael & Susie Sowell founded Faith Center Freeport in June 2010. Their aim was to to establish a multi-cultural, Word centered church, where people can be equipped and empowered to build the Kingdom of God.

Mike and Susie have been married for 20 years and have a son, Micah. The Sowell’s are a very active and close family, regularly ministering at the Rockford Rescue Mission and a local nursing home. Susie is an entrepreneur and salon owner and enjoys singing, decorating, and cooking. Micah loves the Lord, basketball, Christian movies, and video games.  He plans to attend Bible college and follow his parents into full-time ministry. Pastor Mike readily admits that he loves chicken wings but Susie watches his diet!

Pastors Kent and Vonda Van Ostrand
Executive Pastor & Associate Pastor, Helps

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Pastor Everlena Thurmond
Associate Pastor, Hospital and Nursing Home

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Pastor Anjuray Sanders

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Pastors Rupert and Rachael Valentine
Youth/Children Ministries

Rupert and Rachael Valentine have been married over 16 years and have two children, Shania and Malachi. They are both natives of Freeport, IL. Rupert and Rachael became Associate Pastors at Faith Center Freeport in 2015, and currently serve as Youth Pastors and Directors of Children and Youth Ministries. Rachael and Rupert have over 14 years working in various capacities in the ministry and have a strong desire to help youth and children discover their God-given potential!

Pastor Dixie Ditsworth
Inner Healing & Deliverance

Jim and I have been married for 57 years with 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

I’ve been an entrepreneur and forerunner in business and ministry for 49 years. I started the first Mount Carroll Aglow chapter. Then I went on the Northern IL area board of Aglow as Vice President of retreats. I advanced to the president of the area board overseeing 14 chapters. Then I became Aglow’s IL state prayer coordinator speaking at every chapter throughout Illinois. I was a part of an international prayer for business ministry. I received a wage from 6 ministries and businesses to pray for them. When I was at Faith Center Rockford, I became the State prayer coordinator with Apostle Lyon for 3 years. I also taught “Apostolic Authority in Prayer” for 3 years in their Apostolic school. I traveled with Apostle Mary Alice Islieb in ministry. I’ve started a city prayer breakfast in Freeport and I prayed at the city council for two years. I still pray with the mayor every Tuesday. I have pastored a house church 5 years. In the midst of this, I was a beautician for 19 years and had a bed and breakfast for 14 years.

In the love of Jesus,

Pastor Dixie Ditsworth

Thomas Johnson

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Christopher Clukey

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Bindy Lillge
Joseph's Pantry Director

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Elaine Shelton
Membership Class Director

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Candy Macklin
Faith Kids Coordinator

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