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About Freedom School of Ministry

Freedom School of Ministry is an affordable alternative to a traditional university experience. Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) partners with Freedom Church to host an instructional site on the church campus, and offer students affordable degree programs.

By taking college courses through Southeastern University, a regionally accredited university, you will build a solid biblical foundation coupled with our ministry tracks to provide practical experience and marketplace skills across multiple areas of ministry. This program trains you with the skills to work in a ministry team setting in a local church or Christian organization. We are excited to partner with God’s call on your life and prepare you to take your pivotal next steps.

Freedom School of Ministry is a ministry of Freedom Church. Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Freedom School of Ministry is not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of Southeastern University does not extend to or include Freedom School of Ministry or its students. Students must be admitted by Southeastern University and enrolled in university courses to receive the benefits of regional accreditation.


Joshua Finley​
Site Director

Pastor Joshua’s passion for leadership & communication has afforded him opportunities to develop leaders and organizations all over the world. Yet, his favorite thing to do is help grow big people right here at home. Working with our FSM students is his greatest joy. When he’s not serving Freedom Church he enjoys hiking with his wife and German Shepherd and road trips with their two teenage sons. 

Katie Burke​
Academic Affairs Advisor

Katie is passionate about partnering with people to help them achieve their academic goals and pursue their God-given dreams. Her experience as a mom, coach, teacher and director is evident in her individualized approach to advising students. Katie’s passion for people and education is perfectly aligned in her position at FSM. Outside of FSM, Katie and her husband enjoy spending time outside in the backyard with their children, dog, and pot-bellied pigs.

Josh Mitchell​
Assistant to Site Director

Josh Mitchell is enthusiastic about helping leaders and thinkers grow. He loves to see the transformation that comes from excellent teaching, coaching, learning, and growing. He enjoys helping people become more focused and productive so they can spend their energy on the things they are made for. He’s married to Hope and is a dad to Emma.

Justine Restrick​
Student Affairs Advisor

Justine brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for equipping learners with the tools they need to reach their full potential. With a unique blend of experience in education, transition, and higher education, Justine is thrilled to serve the students at FSM. In her downtime, Justine loves to travel and seek out new adventures with her husband and three children.