Through an overwhelmingly "yes" from our church family through a congregational vote, Danny Lamonte has been voted in as the new Lead Pastor for First Free Church! Pastor Danny stepped into his role as new Lead Pastor on August 18, 2019
Danny earned his MBA degree at Liberty University in Virginia. He also worked there as a Resident Director of over 300 college men and later as Associate Director of Student Leadership which oversaw the discipleship of Liberty's 14,000 on-campus students. Beyond his MBA, Danny is in the process of completing his Master of Religion degree, with a Biblical Studies concentration, at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado.
In Texas, Danny worked as a Pastor at Grace Community Church (pastor of Men's Ministry, Community Groups, and Young Professionals.) Over the past 5 years, he has served as Vice President of the Tyler School Health Advisory Council for Tyler Public Schools, been an adviser to the Fostering Collective Group, and was the Committee Chair for Tyler Young Life. Furthermore, Danny has had the privilege of speaking at Pine Cove Christian Camps and Sky Ranch Family Camps. Danny loves spending time cooking/grilling, reading, visiting historical sites, and sports (especially college football and baseball.)
The Lamonte family has lived in Tyler, Texas for the past seven years. Danny and his wife Lynne have been married for 14 years. They have an active family that includes Abby (12), Maddie (10), Noah (8) and Titus (3).
Lynne enjoys being a mom to their four children and all that entails. With the free time Lynne does have, she enjoys laughing with friends, reading, taking walks in the neighborhood, and eating a big bowl of coffee ice cream. Lynne was on staff at Grace Community Church for just under six years in a Children’s Ministry role. Over the past 2 years, Lynne has been a camp counselor for "Young Lives", a ministry outreach to single teenage moms.
As a family, the Lamontes are avid movie fans. They enjoy watching sports and the Food Network together, playing board games, taking road trips (short and long), going to the beach, and hosting others whenever the opportunity arises.