Our Story

Lead Pastors, Robert and Wendy Burbatt

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Robert Burbatt
Lead Pastor

Robert has been in ministry all over the world for over 20 years with an apostolic grace. He served for a decade in Asia where he did itinerant ministry strengthening churches, establishing bible colleges, and leading missions teams. With plans to establish a ministry base in Asia, in 2006 Robert and his wife Wendy received the word of the Lord to instead “go to the cross” and pastor a church in Santa Cruz, CA (Spanish for “Holy Cross”), where they would later start a family with 3 beautiful children. They soon established the Freedomhouse Internship in 2013, a thriving discipleship school, and the Freedomhouse Ministerial Association in 2018, where they are developing their spiritual sons and daughters into strong leaders.

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Wendy Burbatt
Lead Pastor

Wendy Burbatt grew up in the Pacific Northwest, a granddaughter of a Free Methodist minister. After graduating from college, Wendy left for Southern California to complete her internship in dietetics. During this intense training season her emotional and physical health declined, she prayed to God to help her and made a vow, if He answered, “I will follow you wherever you go”. Wendy’s life took a drastic turn after that prayer. God immediately answered and never again did she suffer from depression nor the illness that plagued her. In 2002 Wendy and Robert married and traveled throughout South East Asia ministering. She currently serves as the Praise and Worship director, instructor in FHCI and is serving on the Board for the Womens ministry for the Pacwest Network – IPHC.

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Gabe Madrigal
Multi Media | IT Director

Gabe Madrigal came out of the high tech industry and has devoted his skills and talent to serving God and His people. Gabe graduated from Heald College in 2001 majoring in Computer Business Administration. He has held various positions in business and accounting but his natural draw always seems to lead him back to the technology and electronics field. Gabe has been a member of Freedom House since its foundation. He currently leads the Watsonville Connect group and is actively teaching and providing support for Freedom House Church Internship. One key signature of Gabe is to find joy in anything he is doing, regardless of the environment or circumstances. 



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