Our Leadership


Jaime Cisterna

Senior Pastor


Reverend Jaime Cisterna, 55, has been a pastor since being ordained into ministry by the Brazilian Baptist Convention in 1993. That same year, he married his wife, Luisa, with whom he has three children: Tiago, Débora (married to Joshua) and Lucas. Passionate about teaching the Word of God, Jaime wrote his dissertation on the subject, believing that through it alone, the great plan of salvation is revealed. Indeed, for it is by God’s Word that His transforming power is made available to us.

One of the most fulfilling moments of Jaime’s ministry was the construction of a school in the West African country of Guinea Bissau. Over a period of two years, the church invested time, prayer and other resources to make this a reality. Now, the school hosts over 500 children from grades 1 through 12.

Ministry at First Free

Pastor Jaime came to leadership at First Free in 2015, at which time he had already been the pastor of a Brazilian church in Calgary since 2007. Having been invited to become the senior pastor at First Free, the two churches eventually merged, uniting both congregations.


C. S. Lewis
Charles Spurgeon
G. K. Chesterton
John Piper
John Stott
St. Augustine


Mere Christianity (Lewis)
The Cross of Christ (Stott)
The Pastor (Peterson)
In the Face of God (Horton)
Expository Exultation (Piper)
A Quest for Godliness (Parker)
The Call (Guinness)
The Divine Conspiracy (Willard)

Bible verse

"Comfort, oh comfort my people,’ says your God. ‘Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear that she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with."
Isaiah 40:1-2 (MSG)

Clinton Cesar

Associate Pastor


Reverend Clinton Cesar, 48, has been a pastor since being ordained into ministry by the Presbyterian Church of Brazil in 2000. He has been married to Juliana for 23 years and they have three beautiful daughters (Gabriela, Rebeca, and Melissa). They came to Canada in December 2016. One of his passions is church planting—before coming to Canada, he planted and pastored a Presbyterian church in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, for 10 years.

Ministry at First Free

Pastor Clinton started at First Free in 2018. Initially, he worked with the Brazilian community, but today he also works leading the Connecting Groups, Communication, and Discipleship.


John Calvin
John Stott
Eugene Peterson
Tim Keller


The Reformed Pastor (Richard Baxter)
The Cross of Christ (John Stott)
Working the Angles (Eugene Peterson)
Center Church (Tim Keller)
The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri Nouwen)

Bible verse

"For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost."
Luke 19:10

Gordon Johnson

Associate Pastor


Pastor Gordon Johnson is 69 years old and has been an accredited pastor since 2009. Prior to this, he enjoyed a career in banking that spanned 38.5 years. He and his lovely wife Shirley just celebrated 47 years of marriage. They have two awesome daughters (Jennifer, married to Duane, and Crystal). They also have a charming grandson, Parker, who is nine years old.
Pastor Gordon moved to Calgary in 2009 where he assumed a role as executive pastor at a non-denominational church, serving there for five years. Prior to this, he and Shirley had volunteered at a number of Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches, as well as at a Pentecostal church in Saskatchewan.

Ministry at First Free

Pastor Gordon and Shirley started attending First Free in November 2015. In 2019, at the urging of Pastor Cisterna, Pastor Gordon pursued accreditation with the Evangelical Free Church. He has served on the Pastors Council, and assists the pastors and church board as needed. He and Shirley also host a Connecting Group. He has a heart for mentoring other men in their spiritual journey.


How Now Shall We Live (Charles Colson)
Conviction to Lead (Albert Mohler)
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (John Foxe)
The Four Laws of Love (Jimmy Evans)

Bible verse

"You my brothers were called to be free, but do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature. Rather serve one another in love."
Galatians 5:13

Mauricio Rosa

Associate Pastor


Mauricio Rosa is an ordained pastor and serves as a volunteer pastor at First Evangelical Free Church. He is from Brazil and came to Canada in 2001 to pursue his graduate studies in architecture. Mauricio has been working with Pastor Jaime since the very beginning of planting the first Brazilian church in Western Canada in 2007. His passions are teaching and discipleship. He has been serving as an elder and providing leadership, preaching, and teaching. He is married to Christin and together they have three young children (Thomas, and twins Nathaniel and Emma). He is the content manager for Impactus | Promise Keepers Canada, a global ministry to men organization based out of Burlington, ON.

Ministry at First Free

Mauricio has been at First Free since 2016. He helps oversee the Discipleship Path and Leadership Development in the church.


St. Augustine
John Piper
John MacArthur
Darryl Johnson
Tim Keller


The City of God (St. Augustine)
Desiring God (John Piper)
Are You Called? (Dave Harvey)
Discipleship on the Edge (Darryl Johnson)
The Gospel According to Jesus (John MacArthur)
How People Change (Paul Tripp)
Center Church (Tim Keller)

Bible verse

"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31:8


Andre Serpa


Eugene Hunka


Jason Orr


Christian Prando


Marcos Hume

Pat Van Tighem