Our History

Freedom Bank was originally established as Belington Bank and opened for business on May 10, 1939.  The initial equity in the bank was $30,000, consisting of 500 shares issued at $60.00 per share.  In 1945, they paid the first dividend of $1.00 per share.  In 1988, Freedom Bancshares, Inc., a one-bank holding company was established to give the bank flexibility to expand its banking activities.  Since that time the bank has moved buildings three times but has remained in the heart of Belington, West Virginia.  Our current main office opened on May 10, 2004, exactly sixty-five years to the day after the bank first opened.

Throughout our 80 plus years in business, the bank has expanded with four additional locations in Elkins (1991), Philippi (1992), Bridgeport (1995), and Buckhannon (1996).  In June 2004, we changed our name from Belington Bank to Freedom Bank, as the original name was only reflective of one location.

Between our five Freedom Bank locations, we have an average of sixty employees who hold various positions and responsibilities.  Our employees are a huge asset not only to the bank but to the communities in which we serve.  They hold various roles throughout our community in organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary, Development Authority, Revitalization Committee, and a variety of other key groups.

Our employees understand how crucial it is to support these groups not only by volunteering but by making financial contributions.  Some recent projects they have supported include Relay for Life, Jared Box Project, contributions to location community centers, and animal shelters. To raise these funds, employees contribute through payroll deductions, hold luncheons for a donation, organize and sponsor bingo, and operating concession stands at community events.  Our employees also collect donation items of food, toys, and pet supplies on behalf of local groups throughout the year.

Freedom Bank proudly supports the youth livestock organizations in its market area, as well as 4-H groups, FFA, schools and youth-oriented teams and activities, because we realize these children are our future.

Freedom Bank’s Senior Leadership team has dedicated most of their careers to community banking.  As active members of the Community Bankers of West Virginia and Independent Community Bankers Association, they work with other community bankers and lobbyist to protect the mission and values you’ve come to expect from your local bank.

Freedom Bank’s mission continues to be “to enhance the lives of the customers and the communities in which we serve”.

William “Bill” Ross

Chair of Freedom Bancshares, Inc.

 


Sam Sedosky

Chair of Freedom Bank

 

Samuel D. Sedosky, Jr. joined Freedom Bank’s Board of Directors in February, 2013 and served as the Chair of the Audit Committee. After serving two years on the Bank’s Board of Directors, Sam was nominated and elected to also serve on the Board of Directors of the Bank’s holding company, Freedom Bancshares, Inc., in May of 2015. In June of 2016, Sam was elected to serve as the Chair of Freedom Bank.

Since 2014, Sam has been the sole owner of Sedosky & Associates, PLLC, a Certified Public Accountant firm, in Buckhannon. He has over twenty years of public accounting experience that includes taxation, accounting, and consulting, with a focus in small business and construction. He previously worked for CPA firms in West Virginia that focused on construction/manufacturing, banking, and small business. He also has ten years of experience in the private sector, where he was heavily involved in production in the textile industry in the United States and overseas.

Sam graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of a daughter and reside in Lewis County.


If you would like to contact either of these Chairpersons with comments or questions concerning Freedom Bancshares or Freedom Bank, you may e-mail them at chair@freedombankwv.com.

Freedom Bank considers our employees family and families take care of each other.  Our full-time employees are offered the following benefits:

    • Paid Time Off
    • Paid Federal Holidays
    • Paid Sick Leave
    • 401K with Contribution Matching
    • Health Insurance with a Health Reimbursement Account
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance

Available Positions

Loan Servicing Clerk

Responsible for assisting in the efficient and effective management of the Loan Servicing Department as well as performing the daily operations of the department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Daily balancing
  • Input new loans onto the computer system and perform maintenance
  • Answer questions about loans for customers and employees
  • Prepare various reports – Board Reports, Insurance Reports, Year-end reporting, etc.
  • Audit collateral vault
  • Monitor delinquent taxes and insurance
  • Maintain exception list
  • Responsible for current loan files and sending out paid loan papers
  • Attend and participate in industry related activities
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Education, Work Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalency
  • Minimum 2 years banking experience
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills with the ability to juggle multiple assignments
  • Ability to listen and communicate well with employees and customers
  • Possess problem solving and technical skills required to learn, research and resolve routine problems
  • Work with minimal supervision

Schedule: Full-time, Monday to Friday, 8 hour shift

                                                                                                                                                          

Custodian

We are seeking an individual to perform custodial duties to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of the Belington office and grounds.

Schedule: Part-time, Monday to Friday

                                                                                                                                                          

Bookkeeper

Responsible for various duties in the daily operations of the bookkeeping department. These duties must be completed according to established deadlines with the utmost courtesy and respect towards customers and fellow employees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist customers with checking & savings accounts – reconcilement, EZBanker, ATM, Debit cards, errors, fraud, closing accounts, stop payments, research, money wires, etc. in an informative, friendly and timely manner
  • Daily reconcilement of: DDA, SAV, TDA, IRA, and GL Daily processing of NSF
  • Process Federal Reserve incoming and outgoing returns
  • Input check orders
  • Process tax levies, suggestions, summons, reclamations, verifications & child support documents
  • File claims with magistrate
  • View various reports and make decisions on how to handle items (excess items, kiting, dormant accounts, stop payment suspects, file maintenance)
  • Prepare and file new deposit account folders
  • Monitor newspaper/announcements for Obituaries of customers
  • File closed accounts, change of address, various customer information, etc.

 

 

Interest in joining our family?  Please email your resume to chair@freedombankwv.com  or stop by one of our five locations to fill out an application.  We look forward to working with you!