Deanna Freeman began life in West Tennessee as a preacher’s daughter. As fate would have it, she ended up in Wilson County — as a preacher’s wife.
Her husband of 27 years, David, is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Lebanon.
Freeman was born in Union City and grew up in the town of Dresden. She graduated from Dresden High school and then attended The University of Tennessee at Martin to earn her bachelor’s degree in home economics with a concentration in fashion merchandising.
She and David started dating during their college years.
“He was my brother’s best friend for many years,” she said. “We dated for two months, got engaged and then married seven months later.”
Prior to moving to Lebanon, David pastored Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Martin while she homeschooled their children.
Their family includes son, Isaac, 23, who will soon celebrate his third wedding anniversary to wife, Abby; Nicholas, 21, who works at Split Bean Roasting Company in Lebanon; and Chloe, 14, a freshman at Lebanon High School.
Freeman works as an Educational Assistant at Castle Heights Elementary and instructs the Enrichment RTI classes.
She said the most rewarding part of her job is getting to build relationships with the educators and students in the Lebanon Special School District.
“I love that I get to help my students understand their gifts and abilities and show them where those gifts can take them in the future,” she said. “I love being their sounding board and encourager while watching them struggle, preserve and then succeed.”
Freeman is a member of First Baptist Church, where she serves as choir member, praise team member and Wednesday night group leader.
Her other hobbies include singing, songwriting, playing numerous instruments, painting and watching her beloved Vols play football.
She said many women have influenced and invested in her life, especially her mom, Brenda Doster.
“She taught me so much during her time on this earth. I didn’t realize how much until she succumbed to cancer two months after we moved to Lebanon. I have spent years following her death trying to impact my children the way she impacted me,” Freeman said. “She taught me about faith in Christ, hard work, determination and the power of a smile.”
Freeman has always admired her mother-in-law, Judy Freeman, as well — calling her “a gift to me and my children.”
“She has taught me about facing the future without fear and trusting God every step of the way,” Freeman explained. “She has also helped me understand the art of gentleness in all things.”