Author Archives: Fred

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.

John says, “God is Love.”

John says, “God is love.” This isn’t John’s attempt to describe God as loving. If he wanted to do that he would’ve said, “God is loving” or “faithful in love.” This isn’t love as sentimentality. If he wanted to say … Continue reading

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Pain

Pain given a voice transforms into endurance. Pain not given a voice transforms into violence. It is possible that much of the violence we experience in our society comes from our unwillingness or inability to listen when the pain is … Continue reading

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A Fourth of July Ritual

Every Independence Day since Ian was 10 he and I read both the Declaration of Independance and Frederick Douglas’ full speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” (He’s read a good deal on Douglas). Today will be … Continue reading

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James’ Faith & Works

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, … Continue reading

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World Refugee Day

This is a prayer written for the Williamsburg Christian Church family in remembrance of World Refugee Day. El Roi, the God who sees, you are the God of the displaced and oppressed, and as El Roi, you see them. Help … Continue reading

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