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Stephen Chamberlain, Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve is a Massachusetts native and former banker called by God into the pastorate. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Steve and his family initially attended BE Free for fourteen years, where he served in a number of capacities.

Upon sensing God’s call to full time service he enrolled at Conservative Baptist Seminary of the East and  was later called to be the Assistant Pastor. After he completed his seminary studies, the church voted to make him Senior Pastor in 1997.

Pastor Steve enjoys almost any sport and especially loves sailing. He unsuccessfully attempts to hide his undying dedication as a Red Sox fan. He and his wife, Lois, have six children, and eleven grandchildren.  Pastor Steve can be reached at



Core Vision14Dave Peterson, Assistant Pastor

Pastor Dave was raised in rural upstate New York and understood the Gospel message as a young teen in a covered wagon at a county fair. He attended Rutgers University, on a wrestling scholarship, where he met his wife, Laura. God used his involvement in Campus Crusade during college to help him grow in his faith and lead him toward full time ministry.

Dave and Laura were married the fall after their college graduation and five months later, they joined CRU and spent 22 years with the Campus Ministry, working at various schools throughout New England.

Dave has been a member of BE Free since 1993 and was called to be our Assistant Pastor in 2006. He and Laura have three children and three granddaughters. They both enjoy the outdoors, exploring new places, card and board games and various sports.

Pastor Dave also serves as Director of Equipping on the Core Vision Team, where his passions for seeing people coming to personal faith in Christ and growing to maturity are utilized. Dave has a master’s degree in Divinity from Bethel Seminary of the East. Contact Pastor Dave at



David J. Peters, Pastor for Youth and Young Adults

Pastor David Peters (DP) was raised all over North America, born in Kansas and spending the majority of his life in Western and Central Canada (Ontario). A proud mix of American, Canadian, Japanese and German heritage, he finds himself with a passion for traveling and a student of many cultures. David attended the University of Windsor, where he discovered a calling to ministry through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He then went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, using his interests, skills and experiences to train for vocational ministry.

David met his wife, Sasha, during his final year at DTS, a relationship born from a love of sushi. They married in Dallas in May of 2019, after which God called them to Branford. They share a love for different foods, finding new restaurants, exploring the outdoors, time at the beach, and enjoy sharing two cultures (Sasha is from Ukraine) in one marriage. David enjoys all things fantasy and sci-fi, with a particular love for Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Pastor David Peters joined BE Free as Pastor for Youth and Young Adults as of March, 2020. He seeks to empower young people to see God’s perspective on their lives and to show them how they can practically and holistically follow Jesus in every part of life. For more information, email


Core Vision Team

Michelle Thompson
Executive Administrator, Director of Communications
Daniel Juárez
Director of Worship
Amy Faitsch
Director of Education
Rebekah Danehy
Director of Media & Design
John Cudgma
Director of Operations
Andrea Liquori
Director of Community