Alexander Crummell was born free in New York. He received a good education. Although racial injustice denied him entrance to General Theological Seminary, he was eventually ordained in the Episcopal Church. He went on to accomplish extraordinary things and served as a notable scholar. His influence reached the likes of W. E. B. DuBois all the way to Dr. King. I encourage you to read more about him here and here. The following is a prayer he wrote toward the end of his life. I invite you to receive it keeping his context, the world in which he lived, in mind.
“We bless God for all the favors and the mercies of the year! for health, comfort, prosperity, the means of grace and for the hope of glory. We bless Him for even the tribulations of our lot in this land, which is, without doubt, a schooling for future greatness. We bless Him for the promise, discovered to sight by signal providences, of usefulness and exalted service, for Him, in this nation, in coming times. And we beseech Him, for the Redeemer’s sake to make us faithful men and women, in our families, with our children, in the church. In the entire Race: for the glory of His great name, for the succor and safety of the nation and for the good of man.”
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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