A People of a Story

In the Hebrew Scriptures we see, “Remember, you were slaves in Egypt once…” over and again, followed by a summons to live a just and faithful life. God reminds generation after generation of an accurate and humble remembrance of their past to fund their imagination to the new possibilities of a better future. When they failed to remember, they closed their eyes to a clear view of their present and disabled their future.

People of the Christian faith are supposed to be unafraid to remember and unafraid of the feelings stirred by the past. Because people of the Christian faith are a people of a story, mixed with rebellion and obedience, unfaithfulness and faithfulness. Their dependency on God’s grace, mercy and faithful love is no surprise. People of the Christian faith know that an accurate remembrance of the past can open their eyes to join God in working toward a just and faithful future.

Unless they trade in their Christian faith for American civil religion, then we see a different reaction.

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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