Pastor Everett Freels

October 8, 1935November 15, 2020
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Pastor Everett Freels, 85, of Evansville passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He was born on top of Windrock Mountain in Tennessee on October 8, 1935 to the late Glenn and Nellie (Cook) Freels.

In August of 1947, Everett and his family moved to Frankfort, IN where they were saved in the fall of 1947 at Michigantown Pilgrim Holiness Church. He graduated from Frankfort Pilgrim High School in 1954 and from Indiana State University in 1961. Everett was ordained in 1970 and served the Indiana South Wesleyan District in many capacities until 2016. He pastored Bloomington Northside Wesleyan from 1970-1975, Columbus Flintwood Wesleyan from 1975-1988, Evansville Trinity Wesleyan from 1989-2005, Chandler Cumberland Presbyterian from 2006-2009 and Petersburg Wesleyan from 2014-2017. Everett founded Churches Embracing Offenders (CEO) in 2000 and authored The Created Becomes the Creator in 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ellard Freels and brothers-in-law, Jerry Prouse and Ray Ferren.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha Jean (Hardman) Freels; daughters, Fran Schnell, Glenna Freels and Pam Wooten (Mark); son, Jon Freels; grandchildren, Mara Cravens (Andrew), Whitney Wooten, Seth Wooten and Amy Wooten; sisters, Mary Austin (Charlie), Eleanora Massie (Dennis) and Polly Prouse, and brother Larry Freels (Barbara).

A public visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20 at Alexander East Chapel. Private funeral services will be held. Pastor Freels’ service will be livestreamed at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November, 21 at

Memorial Contributions may be made to Churches Embracing Offenders, 119 N. Morton Ave, 200C, Evansville, IN 47711.


  • Martha Jean (Hardman) Freels, Wife of 63 years
  • Fran Schnell, Daughter
  • Glenna Freels, Daughter
  • Pam Wooten (Mark), Daughter
  • Jon Freels, Son
  • Mara Cravens (Andrew), Granddaughter
  • Whitney Wooten, Granddaughter
  • Seth Wooton, Grandson
  • Amy Wooten, Granddaughter
  • Mary Austin (Charlie), Sister
  • Eleanora Massie (Dennis), Sister
  • Polly Prouse, Sister
  • Larry Freels (Barbara), Brother

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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Live Streamed Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020



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Jeri Burger

November 23, 2020

My condolences to Jean and family members. You were wonderful neighbors with good visits "across the fence". You were so supportive of a young family new to Evansville. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

William Woods

November 23, 2020

I became acquainted with Pastor Freels when we partnered with CEO. Pastor Freels then asked me to serve on the board of CEO. I became aware of his passion for for his beliefs through this partnership. His caring was evident in all he did. We are better for having known him. Thank you for your service Pastor Freels.

Patti Savage

November 20, 2020

I appreciate Pastor Freels for several reasons but mostly for helping bring my Father into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This was a prayer for our family that was answered and God used Pastor Freels to answer that prayer. I also loved his FB posts that were so wise and based on scripture. He wrote in such a way that it could touch your heart. He always showed others that Jesus was the ‘Hope of the world’. He will be missed.

Martha Vowels

November 20, 2020

Pastor Freels was such a caring man of God. He displayed the true meaning of a Pastor. Kind, caring, and meeting the needs of the people in his congregation and his community. A truly great Man of God!

Chip Shrode

November 20, 2020

What can you say more about a person who was as close to our Father as one could be and cared about those around him as much as a person could. I was one of of those Pastor cared about. He left a mark in my heart and soul that will last for eternity. Thank you Pastor.

Steve Shelley

November 20, 2020

Pastor Freels was a very kind man who was always generous with his time and advice. It is impressive on how many lives he impacted through his outstanding Christian example. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. Praying for Mrs. Freels, his family, and also for his church family. Thank you, Pastor Freels!

Laura Chapman

November 19, 2020

Pastor Freels was my first pastor growing up. My family and I started attending Trinity Wesleyan Church when I was 3 years old until I was around 13. We attended until 1998 when my dad accepted his first pastorate and we moved to Scottsburg, Indiana. Pastor Freels had a great impact on my life. He baptized me at the age of 8 years old. I am so thankful for his dedication to the Lord.

Marlin Hotle

November 19, 2020

Few people have impacted my life more than Pastor Everett Freels. My wife Darla was one of "his girls" from the Bloomington Northside Church. He would pick she and her sisters up in his station wagon and bring them to church. She and Glenna became high school best friends.

When I was fourteen years old, I served on a LIFE team from the Indiana South District and we held our first meeting at Pastor Freel's Church. I first met Darla in the back of that Station Wagon. That week we learned personal sould winning from Brother Freels going door to door, we held afternoon children's services in a city park, and held revival services at night at the church. That week forever changed my life.

I started dating Darla at age 17 and by then he was pastoring in Columbus not far from my parents. On more than one occasion he turned his Sunday morning service over to this teen-aged preacher and I cannot explain how much his trust meant to me. He was thrilled when Darla and I got married and took our first church some twelve miles away and more than once he mentored me during that first year.

Over the years he always kept up with "his girl" and expressed pride as she served first as a pastors' wife and then as district superintendents' wife. And Darla was always quick to let people know that she would not be where and who she was except for the Godly influence of Everett and Gene Freels during those crucial teen years. It has always been her wish that someday he could preach her funeral, but I guess that is out of the question now.

Jean and family, our love and prayers are with you! Darla and I both thank God for bringing you all into our lives!

Don & Marilyn Neak

November 19, 2020

About 6 months after our move to Bloomington the Freels became our pastor. The Bloomington church helped us to deepen our walk with the Lord. It is while there the call to preach was put on Don.
We send our sympathy to the Freels family. To Sis. Freels may the Lord carry you in His arms and comfort you in this great loss.

Kristie Highs

November 19, 2020

I called him Pastor! We met in 2013 through CEO when I was at my worst. He made me feel welcome, was encouraging, and he really cared. He stayed involved in my life and he was the influence to push me to begin playing my guitar and sing at church. He gave me support and kept in touch, always answered my calls or text and was a mentor that became Family. Although later I turned away from my walk with God, heading down the wrong path; Pastor was on it! He even came to my work and strolled around a bit until he sat down right there in the store and had a talk with me! No matter who was around he was there on business; God’s business! I was like are you serious? I was amazed that he took the time to purposefully come visit me numerous times, no matter if I was doing well or not. He was always loving, caring, non judge mental, encouraging, direct, kind, and expressed a Christ like love that I had not experienced. It was his persona, his Aura was powerful. Pastor was not afraid to ask for help in ministry and He never gave up on what Power Is in the Gospel and Jesus Christ! His faith strengthened mine! He visited me when I was in jail, never missed a visit; even when he was not feeling well, he was Selfless and Always answered my cry. He helped me own my mistakes and asked me to decide what to do from there. He asked questions and spoke truth! He invited me into his home for tea with him and Mom. Made me feel completely welcome and also important! Earlier this year he encouraged me to go back to school, which I hoped he would attend my graduation next spring so he could see another great thing he influenced. He showed me love and value that I hadn’t grasped. He gently pushed me and guided me into Truth, Hope, and Faith and a relationship with Jesus Christ. I will miss his face lighting up when I saw him, that was the Best! His influence in my life will continue and I hope to live a life that would make him and Mom (Jean) proud. Love you Mom and Pastor


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