Meet Our Staff

Bruce McGregor, City Director


During school days at Wheaton College, Bruce worked as director of Young Life in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1983, Bruce moved to the inner city of Kansas City and began working with an urban ministry.  That job led to a teaching position with De La Salle High School, an alternative school for urban youth.  From 1986 to 1997, he worked with a suburban church as a teacher and pastor.  As a pastor, Bruce led numerous mission trips.  During this period, Bruce earned his Master of Divinity degree and Doctorate of Ministry which focused on leadership development.  Bruce founded Freedom Fire in 1997.  Since that time the ministry has expanded and includes two sister oganizations, Freedom Works (focused on holistic care), and Shalom Retreat Center (120 acre retreat facility Near Mound City, KS).  In 2009, Bruce helped start Freedom Covenant Church.

 

 

 

Kevin Cacy, Community Ministries Director

Kevin first became involved in urban ministry in 1985 when he joined the Gospel All Stars Community Outreach. He worked with children and families in midtown Kansas City, Missouri, for the next two years. While returning to school and completing a degree in architecture, he and his wife Rebecca continued to stay involved in the inner city. This included having children from the city live with them. While working as an architect, specializing in low-income housing, Kevin actively served on the board of Are You Committed, a mentoring and job training program for inner city youth. Kevin joined Freedom Fire Ministries in April 1999.  He serves at Community Ministries Director, and oversees all our daily programs involving the children, and our volunteer activities as well.
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Melvin Cole, Co-Pastor

Melvin Cole has been serving in Urban Ministry for 20 years. He has served as a Youth Pastor in a local Church. He was part of a National Ministry called Young Life from 2000-2005. He joined Freedom Fire in 2006, where he serves over the Teen Ministry and Co-Pastor at Freedom Covenant. Melvin has received training through the Berean Bible School (Global Institute), Young Life Leadership Training, Devos Urban leadership, and currently The Urban Ministry Institute. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Marie. They have two grown children and one granddaughter.

 

 

William Palmer, Ministry Assistant


Will joined the staff as a part-time employee in 2001.  He grew up in the urban core and knows the pressures and needs of the community well.  Previously, he worked for The Sky’s the Limit camp and a local retirement home.  His variety of skills and servant’s heart has helped strengthen the ministry of Freedom Fire.

 

 

 

 

Beverly Cole, Ministry Assistant

Beverly Cole was born and raised right here in Kansas City, graduating from Westport.  From a family of 10 kids, she is the sister of Pastor Melvin Cole, also on staff at Freedom Fire.  Beverly is acquainted with the struggles of many of our people, having battled addiction herself as a younger woman.  She successfully went through the Teen Challenge program in Minnesota and has been free since 2000!  With her background, Beverly brings a wisdom and  keen insight, coupled with compassion for those going through similar struggles she has faced.  Beverly helps to lead our women’s ministries, a weekly Friday Night Outreach, and is the daily school van driver.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gaikwad, Lead to Read Director of Operations & Communications Coordinator

Sarah came to Freedom Fire in 2003 as a Friday Night Outreach volunteer.  After a year of consistently volunteering, she became a Bible study leader to a group of 12-14 year old girls.  Sarah graduated college in 2005 from William Jewell with a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Communication and a minor in Religion.  In 2009 she moved into the Discipleship House and officially became a part time volunteer staff.  At that point, she was involved with the ministry in a variety of capacities including: Friday Night Outreach location leader, Bible Study Leader, Remix Leader, also taking on more communication and administrative duties for the ministry. In the fall of 2011 we began the partnership with Lead to Read and Sarah became the Director of Operations.  Sarah lives in Kansas City with her husband Jonathan and their daughter Natalie.

 

Charles Usher

Born in Wycliffe, Near Barnard Castle, U.K.  Married to Sharon Redd Usher and together they have two adult children: Carey Usher and Kyle Usher.  Worked in Advertising Specialty companies, in 1976 Founded House of Usher, Ltd. (Advertising Specialty Co.)  2010 – Present he is a volunteer for Freedom Works Development Corp. (Division of Freedom Fire) with special emphasis on Wendell Phillips Elementary School, K.C. MO. Also, he develops jobs for Freedom Covenant Church Homeless Men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Orr, Friday Night Site Coordinator

Jared started serving with Freedom Fire in 2013. He fell in love with the ministry the very first time he visited the Garrison Square Friday night outreach. Several months later, Jared filled the need for a Friday night leader at Wayne Miner community center. Jared graduated from UMKC with a bachelors in mechanical engineering, and he currently works as a consultant with Burns & McDonnell. But his ultimate passion is for showing the world what an awesome God we serve…and watching the love of Jesus transform lives in the process.

 

 

 

Deborah White, Friday Night Site Coordinator


Deborah joined the staff in 2005. She has raised three godly children while living in the Federal Housing Developments. She first started as a volunteer at our Guinotte location. Deborah currently leads that youth ministry for Freedom Fire and helps coordinate scores of volunteers. Her faith and enthusiasm are an encouragement to everyone she meets. She also works full time with the Jackson County Free Health Clinic.