Meet Our Founder: Pastor DeChard Freeman

DeChard Irlin Henrich Marshall Freeman was

born on February 27, 1982, in Houston, Texas to

Ms. Carol Marshall & Mr. Anthony Freeman.  

At the age of eight years old, DeChard Freeman

was blessed to be called of God into the

gospel preaching ministry and in that same year,

was licensed by Pastor A.W. Anthony Mays  

(Mount Sinai Baptist Church Austin, TX). 

He was appointed Youth Pastor at the

Mount Sinai Church in June of 2001 and was

ordained as a gospel minister in August of that same year. 

Freeman moved at God’s vision to organize the

Abundant LIFE Community Baptist Church in 2008

and is so honored to be chosen as a vessel for this great work.


Pastor Freeman is also an accomplished evangelist, songwriter, recording artist, psalmist, music & movie producer, and the list goes on and on. His favorite hymn is “Victory in Jesus” and his favorite passage of scripture is ironically John 10:10.

Christian/Ministerial Experience:

  • Confession of Christian faith/Baptism – 1989

  • Accepted call into Gospel Ministry-December 1990

  • Preached 1st Public Sermon – February 1991

  • Licensed as a Gospel preacher in 1992 (Mt. Sinai M.B.C.- Austin, TX)

  • Youth Pastor (St. Matthew B. C. – Washington, TX) 1999 – 2001

  • Ordained as a Gospel/Baptist minister August 2001 (Mt. Sinai M.B.C.)

  • Youth and Young Adult Pastor (Mt. Sinai) – July 2001 – present

  • Assistant Chaplin – Huston -Tillotson University (2001-2004)

  • Evangelist (preaching experience spans the city, state and nation)

  • Psychology Major & Religious Minor in undergraduate studies (Huston-Tillotson University) 2004

  • President and organizer of Young Ministers Fellowship of Austin

  • M. Div. (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary) – Graduated May ’08

  • Held presidential offices on local, state and national levels. (St. John District Association, GMBC of Texas and National Baptist Convention of America Inc.)

  • Holds office as a staff member for the youth division of the National Baptist Convention of America (2015-present)

  • Organized/Planted Abundant LIFE Community Baptist Church 2008


He is the grateful & overjoyed husband of Kayla S. Freeman & the proud father of three sons: Micah D.A. Freeman, Caleb D.A. Freeman, and Josiah D.A. Freeman.


Pastor Freeman is serious about his dedication to family, ministry work, evangelical service, preaching, teaching and community involvement. Still, above all of this, he holds his personal walk with Jesus Christ as his top priority. His determination is to be totally used by God to do the awesome work of Christ’s Kingdom and spread the message of JESUS, joy, peace, salvation, love, liberty and LIFE to the masses as God allows. 


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