Leadership Team

John Lancaster, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Image is of John Lancaster, Chairman, CEO, First Freedom Bank.

A banker who knows you is a banker who understands your needs, your dreams, your grand plans. That’s what it means to be a community bank, a bank that’s fully invested in the growth and prosperity of the community.

John Bradshaw, President, Chief Operating Officer

Image is of John Bradshaw, President, Chief Operating Officer, First Freedom Bank.

Loan-to-value ratios. Annual percentage rates. FDIC regulations. It’s a good thing John Bradshaw has a handle on all the technicalities of the banking business. But banking, in the end, isn’t about numbers. It’s about relationships-people helping people.

Mike Wiggington, Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

Numbers are a significant and essential component of a financial institution “loan levels, deposit balances, interest rates, investment yields, and profitability ratios” just to name a few. Mike Wiggington understands this better than anyone else. 


J. B. Owens, CPA, Executive Vice President
Director of Commercial Banking

J. B. understands that community banking begins with “community.” That’s why you’ll see him serving our communities in so many ways. From Chairman of the Board at the local Chamber to leading the Youth Baseball program at the local ball fields or serving his church as Treasurer as they oversee a new church plant, he knows you can’t be successful without “community.”

Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President
Director of HR and Facilities Manager

Maliea Oakley is the kind of banker you can trust. You can see it in her face. But it’s more than that. “From bank teller to bank Sr. Vice President,” Maliea has built a track record of excellence, honesty, and customer-focus that bank customers have come to rely on.


Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President
Director of Retail Banking

Kenny must have a PhD in Customer Service! It’s his world. Coaching, training, and encouraging our team members to see everything from the customer’s point of view. It is why our First Freedom offices deliver service that you just won’t find anywhere else. 

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