With a rhyme on her lips and rhythm in her heart, she meets the eyes of the gathered. She opens the Holy Book and turns the page. She speaks:
‘“If we say we are his we must follow the example of Christ.” First John, chapter two, the sixth verse.
The devil shouts, but the Lord whispers. The devil assigns labels, but the Lord favors love. The devil judges mercilessly and upholds falsity, but the Lord judges mercifully and upholds truth.
Brothers and sisters, if our neighbors hear Christians shouting out labels in merciless judgement and denying the truth, they can know that it isn’t of the Lord.”
The eyes of the gathered meet her eyes as she closes the Holy Book. With a rhyme in her soul and rhythm in her step she walks back to her seat at the Lord’s Table.
The Lord leans over and whispers, “Well done, daughter.”
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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