Britney Lee Christie, co-founder, Team Leader
I am co-founder of Be Free Rev and live in Oakland, TN with my wonderful husband Michael and two sweet kiddos, Lynlee and Everhett. Starting BFR was a simple choice for me because mission work has been a calling in my life for quite sometime.
I am very excited about this mission as well as this team. I am excited to see how God is leading this group and the projects that we are going to be walking along side of with the leaders in Kenya. Vision casting and planning are both aspects of mission that I love so I cannot wait to be on the field with this team.
Molly Sanford, Partnership Coordinator
I was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. After some great years, I graduated from the University of West Georgia, packed up my Honda and drove the 7 hours to Memphis, TN to start a job I hadn’t really seen, and move in with a roommate I hadn’t really met. Shortly thereafter, I married my college sweetheart and we settled down in a quant house with our two dogs!
Six years later, I felt a stirring again, I just left my job in January without a solid plan, but with a desire to truly give back and do “more.” God has really started to open doors all around me that I never would have seen while in the corporate world and I can just feel my path being laid out in front of me! I recently traveled with BFR to Uganda and am ecstatic to head to Kenya. I love very deeply, and my heart just melts thinking of the children that will be impacting my life, and I theirs. God has blessed me with the time to take this journey, the passion to help and serve others, and a supportive husband to tolerate my “not so subtle transitions!” I cannot wait to see what is in store!
Kelsey, Peace to the Ground- Africa Liaison
I was born & raised in Memphis, TN & currently living in the rural town of Columbia, KY. I have my master’s degree in Counseling & Human Development & am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in KY & currently serving as a Peace to the Ground-Africa Liaison in Uganda. After my first trip to Uganda with BFR in March, my life was gloriously ruined! God’s calling for me to return was undeniably strong. My husband & I took a leap of faith & decided to spend 3 mo. in Africa representing BFR. I’ve been in Uganda that past 2 months & each day has confirmed this calling for me. I’ve seen how God has worked through BFR to empower & transform lives in HUGE ways. I have seen how love works! I am beyond thrilled to jump the border & start this next leg of the journey- in Kenya! I am excited to see the place where the vision of BFR came to be & finally meet the wonderful Kenyans that I already feel like I know & love. I am blessed for another opportunity to serve alongside Britney, one of the amazing co-founders of BFR, as her passion & love for God & serving others is contagious; and I can’t wait to welcome the team, both the new & familiar faces!
Weston, Peace to the Ground- Africa Liaison
I am 25, and born in Louisville, KY but raised in Southern Indiana. I currently reside in Columbia, KY with my wife, Kelsey and two dogs- Kona and Yeti. I am a graduate student at Lindsey Wilson College (studying Counseling & Human Development) and a professional BMX racer.
Heading to Kenya will be the 2nd leg of my first experience in Africa. At the time of writing this I have been working as one of BFR’s Peace to the Ground Liaisons in Tororo, Uganda for 1 month (my wife has been here 2 months). It has been such an awesome experience so far, that at times, I struggle to find the words to describe it. My skin is stained red from the dirt, and these children have changed my heart for the better. I can’t even begin to imagine all the good that I will experience in Kenya along with the team! I can’t wait to drink some tea and hear some new lame jokes.
I am 51 and a Graphic Designer and Documentary Photographer. I own Disciple Design, a faith-based design firm in Memphis, Tennessee.
I have worked with Britney and Lacey on BFR materials and anxious to go back out into the field with them. I am passionate about missions, especially discovering and documenting the people God brings to me along the journey. I traveled with Britney and Lacey to Uganda in March and excited to head to Kenya with BFR and my lovely wife, Cindy. I have been serving on mission trips as God allows for the last 16 years.
I am from Memphis, TN and graduated from Memphis State. I have taught 15 years at Briarcrest, where I have taught fourth and fifth grade, reading enrichment and now elementary computer.
My love for children and teaching is part of what attracted me to the trip to Kenya in 2012. Also, the energy and organizational skills of the girls of BFR impressed me. So much is happening in Kenya due to the hard work of Be Free. I cannot wait to get back to be a part of it.
I am joining the Revolution on her first mission trip to Nairobi after learning about Be Free through a childhood friend.
As a graduate from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies Minor, I am currently employed as Public Information Officer at the City of Woodstock, Georgia Police Department. After graduating from the Police Academy in 2011, I fulfill my passion to help others by volunteering as a Reserve Police Officer for the Department.
I currently reside in Canton, Georgia with her dog, Kolbi. I attend His Hands Church in Woodstock, Georgia. I feel blessed with the opportunity to help others and to work alongside others who share my passion.
Hello! My name is Natalie Bethune and I am excited to be going back to Africa!
I am originally from Memphis, but moved to Nashville about 5 years ago for a job. I have worked in the healthcare industry for 14 years with the main focus being on corporate training. I have a heart for missions and I have been to Uganda and Ethiopia on previous trips. I love to travel, meet new people, be in nature, and explore new cultures. God has given me a compassionate heart and the desire to share His love with others. I am very thankful for this opportunity to serve.
I have lived in Southern New Jersey for most of my life. I am a single mom of two teens whom I admire greatly because of their dedication to the Lord. They are my daily inspiration. I am a high school English and Humanitarian Studies teacher and also Senior Director of AWAKEN Kibera.
In 2005, God sent me a powerful message- to help and connect with women and girls in East Africa. That same year, I became part of a wonderful organization that seeks to educate, empower and nurture adolescent girls in Kibera. We follow the mantra: Educate a girl, change a family, change a community, change a nation, change the globe. I met Britney, Lacey, Mary Helen and Maggie at The Social Justice Conference in Philadelphia this past February. We quickly realized we share much of the same mission and that both of our organizations have a huge heart for children in Kibera. Since then, BFR has advised AWAKEN Kibera through our re-branding and merchandising growth. I am so excited to return to Kenya- this time with BFR- to develop areas of AWAKEN and shadow alongside this God-driven ministry.
I am from Memphis, TN. I have been a nurse with Baptist for almost 6 years. When I was younger and discovered my calling to serve in the medical field, it was like everything in my life was at peace. I had figured out what it was that I could do to help others.
When I stumbled upon Be Free, it was sort of like that feeling all over again. I knew I needed to go serve and share my faith with the men, women, and children of Africa. With the support of my amazing family and friends I am able to do just that. I have a younger brother that I want to set the best example for in how to treat others. I cannot wait to share my experience with him and others.
I am currently a member of New Hope Baptist in Bartlett and love my church family. I enjoy my bible studies, sharing meals with loved ones, and going to Grizz games. 🙂
Greetings from the north! My name is Kyle Kelley, born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. I am one of five children – one brother and three sisters. After 18 years in the cheese state I headed south and attended the University of Memphis. While attending the University I joined Phi Mu. It was a solid five years, but my time in the land of the blues came to a close. I headed back to Milwaukee. While there, staying in touch with friends and sorority sisters in Memphis was key. It was about two years ago that a sorority sister introduced me to Be Free Revolution. The rest is history! I’m an outgoing, fun-loving person who loves to help a hand when I can and make people laugh. Giving back is something I think is very important and I intend on doing it for the rest of my life. Can’t wait to start in Kenya!!
My name is Nicole Hinson and I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California before moving to Memphis at the age of 16 and have called Memphis home ever since. I attended the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!) and am currently working for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where it is my mission and calling to help raise funds for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. I’ve been married to my husband, Andrew (a UT grad and Vol fan…can you say, “house divided”?) for almost 2 years now and it’s been the best 2 years ever. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to travel with the Be Free team to serve others – it’s always been a passion of mine and I can’t wait to make a difference!
I am 19 years old and from Memphis, TN.
I love traveling and the outdoors. This is my first trip to Africa and I am eager to serve!
My name is Connor Robinson and I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I am currently a student at the University of Alabama, and I am about to start my senior year in the fall.
This year I opened my heart to God and am now blessed with the opportunity to serve Christ in Africa.