The Basics

Love my neighbor and enemy. Owe no one anything but love. Treat others as I would be treated. Look out for the interests of others. Be compassionate, kind, and hospitable toward others, especially the vulnerable. Do what is good for others.

These are some of the basic tenants of the Christian faith. Each one must be discerned in context and applied. Either way, love has got to look like something.

I learned long ago that as I wrestle with theological and doctrinal matters I do not know that I shouldn’t neglect what I do. If it doesn’t look like the loving and
compassionate thing to do, then don’t do it. If it looks like the loving and compassionate thing to do, then do it. And if it costs me something tangible, creates a tension I must manage, or results in some form of sacrifice along the way, I am probably one step closer to actually following Jesus.

I don’t always get this right. It’s also why I don’t do any of this alone.

About Fred

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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