Christ loves without caution or restraint, boundaries or limits. Christ loves you with a love that reaches beyond your inadequacies or failures and feelings or worthiness or unworthiness. And his love welcomes you to participate in his life. We see this in the gospel.
Christ welcomes the liars, thieves, the ashamed, and those struggling to believe. Christ welcomes the rich, the poor, the powerless, and abhorred. Christ welcomes the broken, the addicted, the left out and afflicted. Christ welcomes the sincere, the immigrant, the racist, and hypocrite.
Christ came for the wounded, the confused, the abandoned and abused. He came for you. He came for me. God loves because God is love and His love has the power to transform us.
It is a holy love.
Know you are loved, dear reader.
May you live loved. May you be changed by His love. And may his holy love set you free to wholly love.
Fred came to serve greater Williamsburg and WCC as lead pastor in October of 2010 and is grateful to be a part of the family. He is a husband, father, certified trauma professional, S.T.A.R. (strategies for trauma awareness & resilience) practitioner, community organizer, TEDx alum, founder of 3e Restoration, Inc. and co-owner of Philoxenia Culture LLC. He received his B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and his Master’s of Religious Education in Missional Leadership from Rochester University. Currently he is a candidate for a Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology in at Northern Seminary in Chicago. Fred has also served as an adjunct professor for Rochester University and Regent University where taught courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, pastoral care, intro to Christianity, and ethnography. He has also served as a guest lecturer on the subjects of racialized cultural systems, poverty, and missiology at various universities, such as William & Mary and Oklahoma Christian University. Fred has authored on book (Racialized Cultural Systems, Social Displacement and Christian Hospitality) and several curriculum offerings, including The FloorPlan: Living Toward Restoration & Resilience.
Fred enjoys hanging out with his family anytime, anywhere. He is deeply grateful for how God graciously works through the Church in all her various forms, despite our brokenness. He is passionate about seeing the last, least, and lonely of every neighborhood, city and nation experience God’s in-breaking kingdom, and come to know Jesus as King. Oh, and his favorite season is Advent and Christmas.
Fred is a founding member of the board of directors for Virginia Racial Healing Institute, a member of the leadership team for Williamsburg's local chapter of Coming to the Table, and a member of Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network's Racial Trauma Committee and Training Committee.
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