"Pastor John Alarid has become a friend and ministry partner. Our two churches have taken on a sister-church partnership in the Grant Beach area of Springfield, MO where both of our churches are located, just west of the Assemblies of God national offices. John preached for us at Central Assembly last fall on a Sunday morning. The service was incredibly powerful and the congregation responded in an amazing way. John is a gifted communicator and highly effective evangelist. I wish he had voice in all of our churches! I recommend him highly.”

James Bradford
Lead Pastor
Central Assembly, Springfield, MO

It is a delight for me to recommend the ministry John Alarid.  He has been a guest with us here at the National Office chapel, and his ministry was well received by all.  I am confident that John’s testimony and ministry will be a blessing to your church or ministry event.

Doug Clay
General Council of the Assemblies of God

I want to recommend the ministry of my friend, Pastor John Alarid.  God called John to plant and pastor Freedom City Church in North Springfield, Missouri, a place where every week people are finding forgiveness and freedom from addictions through Jesus Christ. The moment you walk into Freedom City Church, you encounter the presence and the amazing grace of God.  John preaches an anointed message of hope, healing and restoration.  John often shares his personal story of how Christ relentlessly pursued him all the way to a lonely prison cell in New Mexico.  John is a man of integrity, whose love for Christ and for people is evident wherever he is invited to speak.  I wholeheartedly recommend John’s preaching ministry to churches who have a passion to reach broken people.  

Rev. Dennis Rivera
Director of Hispanic Relations 
Assemblies of God National Office

My wife and I were privileged to be in a service at Springfield Freedom Church with Pastor John and Hannah Alarid. We were touched as one from their congregation shared a powerful testimony of God delivering them from a life of drugs and destruction. But what overwhelmed us most was when Pastor John asked all of those attending that morning who had spent time “behind bars” to come and pray blessing upon the one who testified. We watched as the entire front of the sanctuary filled with men and women whom God had gloriously saved and transformed by His Grace. Pastor John does have a powerful testimony. Even more, he has a powerful word of how God not only spared and redeemed his life but how Christ can change any who will come in repentance. In order to share the gospel with excellence, John completed a Bible degree from Central Bible College and then went on to achieve a Masters in the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. This deep Biblical grounding contributes to his amazing ability to communicate the truths of God’s Word. I wholeheartedly endorse Pastor John Alarid. If you provide an opportunity for those you lead to hear from Pastor John, they will be encouraged and challenged.

Pastor Don Miller 
District Superintendent
Southern Missouri

“John Alarid is a trophy of God’s grace and mercy. His testimony of deliverance from a life of drugs, crime, and prison will bless everyone but also will encourage those who are struggling with their own bondage to believe that they too can experience healing, deliverance, and hope. John is the founder and lead pastor of Freedom City Church— a thriving muti-site church in Springfield, Missouri. He is also the director of Hope Homes of the Ozarks, helping many find Jesus as the answer to their needs. His book, My Prison Became a Palace, has reached thousands. I recommend his ministry whether in a church, conference, on the streets, or in a prison service; lives will be changed.”

Alton Garrison
Assistant General Superintendent
The General Council of the Assemblies of God