What James’ “faith and works” discourse might read like in the USA context:
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have the “right” position on a civil or moral issue in the name of faith, but does not have works? Can such conviction save or sanctify him? So, if a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed, because I voted with you in mind,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way, your conviction, if it does not have works, that is to say a tangible actionable boots-on-the-ground witness, is dead by itself. But someone will say, “You have conviction, and I have works.”
Show me your conviction without works, without your personal, tangible, actionable, boots-on-the-ground witness, and I will show you my conviction by my works—I’ll show you the receipts.”
~ James 2:14-18 Contextualized
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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