Leadership Team

Get to know the staff of Freedom

Chad Matheny, Senior Pastor

After serving for 10 years on the staff and faculty of a Baptist Bible college, Pastor Chad and family (wife: Melissa, children: Jackson, Jacob, and Emma) moved to Yuma in 2011 to pastor the new church plant named, Freedom Baptist Church. The church has seen God’s blessing under his leadership growing from about 20 local residents attending the church at his arrival, to now averaging between 200-300. Pastor Chad has a burden for families. By preaching the Gospel every week, along with practical Biblical teaching and preaching that focuses on the family, he desires to make a difference in this generation and in those to follow.

Dustin Alley, Assistant Pastor

Bro. Dustin moved to Yuma in 2011 as an air traffic controller with the Marine Corps. In 2013 God called Bro. Dustin to the ministry and in 2015 God made it possible for Pastor Matheny to bring him on as an Assistant Pastor.


Bro. Dustin is married to his high school sweetheart Mrs. Sarah Alley. They have 3 children Evan, Ethan, and Katelyn. Both Bro. Dustin and Mrs. Sarah are actively involved in the youth ministries of Freedom, discipling young people into godly young men and women living for His glory.

Nancy Bornt, Office Manager

Mrs. Nancy joined the staff of Freedom Baptist Church in 2016 after having been in banking (operations, lending and compliance) for over 30 years. She has lived in Yuma for 43 years. She and her husband, John, together have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. They host a Life Group at their home and are excited to see the Lord work in their own lives and of those in their group. Mrs. Nancy is honored to serve the Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and the congregation of FBC!

Stacy Gelatt, Secretary

Stacy joined the staff of Freedom in 2017. She grew up in Wisconsin but made Yuma her home in 2015 with her husband, Jon, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Stacy trusted Jesus as her Savior in 2016 and has since been busy serving the Lord and the congregation of Freedom by volunteering in the nursery, singing in the choir, and preparing the elements for the Lord's Supper.


In her free time, Stacy enjoys cheering on the Green Bay Packers, playing with her two miniature dachshunds, and taking off-road trips into the desert.

Sarah Alley, Media Specialist

Sarah has been apart of the Freedom Family since 2012. She came on staff in 2017 as our media specialist taking charge of Freedom's online presence and many aspects of our digital communication.

Roger Patton, Building & Grounds Manager

Bro. Roger began attending Freedom in 2013. It was this same year that Roger put his faith in Christ. After he retired from a long career with the Dole Company he began working for the church. Bro. Roger is an integral part of the Freedom team and his servants heart is appreciated by all.