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Robert K. Freeman

Elder in Full Connection for 24 years; Bachelor in Science in General Agriculture; and a Minor in chemistry, Bachelor is Science in Forensic Science, Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care with minors in Old Testament and Systematic Theology.  I am currently a 2012 Doctorate in Preaching Cohort of the Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, MO.

I have pastored in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Free Church of America. I have served as summer missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ in the West and South Side of Chicago.

I was the past Secretary for Black Methodist for Church Renewal, Inc., Board member for “Children and Poverty” task force, The “Hispanic Task Force”, Church and Society Vice President; Religion & Race Member, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and A Jurisdictional Delegate in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 and a General Conference Delegate since 2000 of the General United Methodist Church. I served as the National President of One Church One Child of Illinois Advisory Board.  I served, as a board member, on the district annual and United Methodist Jurisdictional boards of Ordained Ministry.  I was also President of the Wesley Foundation at Delaware State College (now known as Delaware State University) in Dover, Delaware for four years.

I have also served as  a board member to the Salem Children’s Home, Barton W. Stone Retirement Home, Springfield Urban League, Champaign Urban League(s), Governor’s Task for on the African American Family, Claymont Delaware Community Center Board, Concerned Citizens of Rantoul and Vicinity, Delegate to the World Methodist Council, Brighton, England, One Family One Child Board, Ministerial Association of Rantoul, commissioner for the Housing Authority of Champaign County, board member of the Provena Behavioral Mental Health Center for Champaign County, Mental Health Board for Sangamon County, Visiting Nursing Association for Memorial Health Systems in Springfield, Board Member of the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, and the  Education Chairperson of the Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinity.

Founding member and past president of Central Illinois Organizing Project (1997 to 2005) now called Illinois Peoples Action; a faith-based community organization which established a full service bank in a low income neighborhood(s), the first of its kind in this area, Member of Black Methodist for Church Renewal of the United Methodist Church, Police Commissioner for the Village of Geneseo and East Saint Louis.  I was also on the Advisory Board for the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Washington Park and a City Redevelopment Commissioner for the City of East Saint Louis.  I served on the Personnel Committee for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church

Currently I am President of the Springfield Ministerial Alliance for Springfield and Vicinity and serve on: the Ethics Board for St. John’s Hospital; the Mental Health Board at Memorial Medical Center; Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County; and Illinois People’s Action. I am also the pastor of Kumler United Methodist Church and Outreach Ministries and Grace United Methodist Church and Outreach Ministries.

I have served in cross racial and cultural congregations for over 19 years. I love to read, communicate and think through current issues.

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