001: Set Free Posse Announcement with Pastor Phil Aguilar

gravatarWelcome to the first episode of the Set Free Posse Podcast! Through interviews with Pastor Phil Aguilar and Set Free pastors and leaders (past and present), we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at the history and heart of the Set Free movement.

In this episode, David Trotter (Executive Producer and Director of the Set Free Posse documentary film) sits down with Pastor Phil to discuss how this project came about.

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10 Comments
  • Phil Aguilar
    Posted at 00:34h, 23 April

    Chief loves Dave

    • Lesa Adams
      Posted at 02:35h, 08 May

      I found Set Free in 2003. Pastor Phil was the first time I had experienced the love of Christ through people and a ministry. I have been so blessed by Set Free. I have been given a whole new life because of Jesus. Over the years I have been involved with several Set Free’s. (Phelan, Victorville, Cabazon, Yucaipai) and am so thankful for all the love from the people of God. Thank you Pastor Phil for all you do and will continue to do.

  • Brittany Taylor
    Posted at 03:29h, 23 April

    Because of Chief and Set Free Ministry I found God, self-worth, and a loving family. I can’t imagine where I would be today without my faith and the Aguilar family. Much Love.

  • Setfree Riverton Wyoming
    Posted at 15:34h, 23 April

    I grew up in Long Beach Ca, broken hearted at an early age. Tried to fill it with drugs and thugs until I became so hopeless. Thought oil wells and greed would satisfy but it got worse and so did my life. After three Prison terms my parole agent sent me to Setfree in the in land empire. There Jesus changed my life. Pastor Marty taught my, Pastor Willie ordained me, So. Baptist sponcered me . And Jesus love and supported me. To start a Setfree in Wyoming out in the Rockies and we are starting our 9 th year. God has been astounding. And I am in his serve forever.thank you Pastor Phill for answering the call. Richard Mills

  • toni henning
    Posted at 17:51h, 23 April

    L:oved the concept of the big stage…the kids singing…the set free posse..The catering truck to get our coffee and burrito..All those big burly guys shaking your hand with all the love in their eyes…Vern Jackson…Stephanie sing my favorite song…”hey there lonely world” Bob Dylan song Pressing on…love Bob Dylan saved album…and Gotta serve somebody…and knocking on heavens door…right..loved the righteous party’s..(another word for bible study) sounds better….park takovers…we were chilling in the park…waitin for the outreach to start……love that song….Mj and chili rappin and dancin …basically just people loving each other and acceptance of all….

  • Kirk Overstreet
    Posted at 05:31h, 24 April

    20yrs ago I was jacked by sin and selfishness. By God’s grace and mercy I ended up at Set Free Church in Yucaipa, Ca. Pastor Willie Dalgity preaching. Didn’t plan to surrender to Jesus that day in March 1996 but the Holy Spirit grabbed me. Went to Set Free Discipleship Ranch in Cabazon and truly was trained to serve Jesus 24/7. Since I’ve been honored to serve Jesus starting youth ministry in San Bernardino and Yucaipa, planting a Church in Pomona, and helping plant Set Free’s across the country and in Haiti. Been honored to become friends and colaborers with Pastor Willie, Tree, Honky, and Pas Phil and the list goes on. Thousands of lives saved and now serving Jesus under this tribe in God’s kingdom

  • david todd
    Posted at 03:27h, 25 April

    Hello,
    My name is David Todd, and this is my testimony:
    Born in 1969 to Ron and Shirley Todd in Chula Vista, CA and moved to Anaheim CA at the age of 1. I was a shy person and still am for the most part, keeping to myself much of my childhood. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother, I am the youngest of 4.I lived fast through my teen years and snuck drinks as young as 8 years old. Progression took its course and found myself in rehab at 17 years old. I cleaned up through AA for about 7 years, and started again…this time more frequently and for deeper reasons than before. I was raised Catholic, baptized, confirmed and brought up in a loving family for the most part. I rarely saw my Father in my younger years, for he was making his name in sales and marketing, leaving me with my Mother for most of my childhood. At 29 I had my first child, then my second 31, sold my business of 14+ years and slowly lost myself more than I ever had before. Once again turning to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain and ease the burden of guilt from my past troubles. I had all the signs of happiness, BMW’s, house, boats and friends yet dying inside from lack of direction and purpose of self. I ended up in the ER after a weekend of hard drinking, almost dead I cried out to God for help, and days later checked into UCO ranch in Elsinore. Shaky and lost, I followed direction and listened for the first time about Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit and loving, forgiving ways. I was blown away to say the least. I finally had the best sleep I had had in 15+ years, and felt comfort I had never felt before. Seeking and remaining teachable I soon was Overseer and put in a leadership role that would forever change the way I view life. I stayed 7 months past my bless out date and slowly but surely started back in the old patterns, and found the devil waiting at the doorstep, patiently and crafty he dug into me once again. I could have done it, getting by and hanging in there but God had planted a seed deep in me that gave me no rest, just more questions. Against my better judgment, I checked into Phelan Set Free Ranch, feeling God was all over this decision if I just listened and totally gave my heart to Him, 100%, all in. So I did and I truly began to see the Jonah I had become and the man Jesus wanted me to become, through Him once and for all. I studied, prayed and repented and began to feel a deeper love and passion for Christ that I had ever felt before. I now find myself on His course and focused on His commission to build up the army God has called out for. I ran for too long, and I hide behind a mixture of truth, lies and fear knowing full well I can’t outrun God, or His Mercies. I have been chosen to lead a band of brothers unlike any I have ever met. To preach the word of God and piece back together the broken and shattered lives I see daily. Did I want this, no, but I now realize this is my calling and responsibility to His Kingdome and His children still lost in this less than kind world. I now work with Set Free Ministries and several churches helping out wherever I can, for I know what it feels like to be cut off, beat down and hopeless, just wanting to die over and over again. Until I stopped running and started loving my small part of His-story, I have now been totally Set Free and on fire for Christ. I have now been blessed with the opportunity to plant a new church in El Mirage, amen. I now lead Worship there and I am building a team to help rain down His Spirit upon us. I also was asked to help start a food bank for the less fortunate and struggling families locally here in El Mirage. I no longer run from fear but I give it to God, in my war room for prayer and alone time, with my Father, Jesus Christ. I still have struggles and rough days, but His word and love gets me through now. I see the bigger picture now and choose to obey and follow Christ, He has not let me down yet, only man has. I love my simple life now, and I realize how selfish and full of pride I really was. I have hurt many, let down even more and destroyed my family I loved more than my own self. As I look back on my entire life, I see Gods hand holding me all those times I was about to end it. I know that I know that I know, He loves me more than anyone else in this world. I was once lost, but now I am found, was blind but now I see and I see His hand in everything I do. I am proud to be a Christian and I try to look for the good in everything, no matter how big the mountain gets, God has my back. I have a dream, a dream of planting Orphanages and Men’s homes, Pastoring for the lost and hurting, but most of all living for Christ and His exact plan for me. I have been through hell and back searching for what was around me the whole time, Jesus Christ. I choose to be on this road, in this fight and next to the best family I could ever ask for, the real family of God. We are the church, we are the broken and we will continue this fight until every knee bows and every tongue confesses the word of God and His great love for his children.
    My name is David Todd, and I have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, born again to serve, not be served, and preach the gospel wherever I am, and sometimes even use words. Set Free Forever- Forever Set Free
    MATT 11:28-30
    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  • Mike O'Hara
    Posted at 21:34h, 27 April

    Pastor Mike O’Hara Set Free Skowhegan Maine here and back in 1992 I went to Pastor Phils Set Free Ranch in Perris Ca.. I was living on the streets, runnin and gunnin for the devil, and someone on the streets told me that if I wanted to turn my life around and learn how to walk with Jesus, I could go to this crazy place called Set Free, so I called my mom and she drove me out to the ranch, These two crazy scarey looking bikers name Tree and Honkey ran the place, and God met me there, and since then I’ve never been the same. God forgave me and gave me a purpose, and for that Pastor Phil I am grateful for your obedience to Jesus. From there I hooked up with Pastor Willie Dalgity,(whom God used to disciple me), at Set Free Yucaipa, because I lived close to his church and I have been working with Set Free Church since then. This has been my church since then, there is no otlher place for me it is heaven on earth for the downcast. I am currently planting a Set Free church in Skowhegan Maine, and I love my Set Free family, I am trained to serve Jesus!!!

  • Renee Alina Barela Pontious
    Posted at 03:16h, 28 April

    I love Set Free its my Familia ,i meet ‘Pas’ in 1990 ,when i was riding with a Christian biker club called Son’s of Thunder ,at an ‘outreach ‘ where there is Set Free steaks really got dogs’ free food n’ music, i used to watch the 24/7 show after i was working late so i told him how i liked the show’ we hit it off becuz he saw that’i have a heart for ministry for God , so he asked me to live at God’s Casa’ ,him and Sandra helpes many ppl living for free ‘and they became my second parents, they always have loves me and accepted me , i became Web named by Ranch Richard and he put me in charge of counceling for the ranch’in Set Free Perris, soon we had thousands of ppl at church, over 50 Set Frees worldwide and Sister Act movie in hollywood got their idea from us because we were the radical church with rock n roll n rap, oldies, it was fun to go to church and Gods word flowed out of Pas every week, ppl were getting saved at outreaches all’over, it was an awesome time to be a part of, i had a punk band and brought my Christian punk friends in bands to play at our Palace which was a historic church we had just for the kids. It was so awesome, i got to paint murals with other artists and skate at our own skate park in the back 3 foot and 8 foot ramps i sk8 ed it all. I had a blue mohawk n sk8ed everywhere n told ppl about God, sometimes ppl would complain about me being loud for God but Pas always stood up for me, he always loved me no matter what he has that Love from God. He helped so’many ppl and God changed ppls lives , he is a legend and natural born leader no matter what anyone says, Set Free wi always be my family, Love all of u LOVE OG WEB OF SET FREE. ..BACK IN THE DAY….?

  • Carlton Roberts
    Posted at 02:24h, 30 April

    I praise God for the work He is doing through this ministry. I could have been dead I could have been worse, Jesus got ahold of my life and there is no looking back. I gave my heart to God at Set Free Church Riverton in Wyoming. Pastor Richard Mills guided me and groomed me into the man of God I am becoming day by day. To the ones who have put in work and laid the foundation of this ministry, I thank my Lord Jesus for you all. Thanks to Pastor Phil, Pastor Willie, and Pastor Richard Mills God bless you.

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