Hi, I’m Rev. Fred. Welcome to my website! I’m glad you’re here. I have a passion to help others grow in their relationship with God and with others. This process is called “discipleship” and that is what I teach. I am IN IT FOR LIFE!
A little about me… I was born and raised in (Superior) in Northern Wisconsin, about 80 miles from the Canadian border. Yes! It gets very cold there. At the young age of 32, I began to feel the call to ministry. One night at a local church dinner, my wife Judy and I sat at a table with our district superintendent. In the course of conversation, he said that he had a small church that needed someone to supply the pulpit until he could appoint a new pastor. My pastor suggested that I should do that. I agreed, and two Sundays later, my wife and I drove to that very small, country church. Little did we know… I would continue to fill the pulpit of that church for thirteen years!
I have now been in the ministry for 35 years after also serving churches in Virginia and Maryland. I am currently retired…well, sort of. In my retirement I also worked full time at my local Home Depot in South Carolina, but now we are back in Wisconsin and fully retired. I began writing books about seven years ago, and still enjoy speaking and teaching when I can. Judy and I have three married boys and are the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
What is the “Quest for Discipleship”?
The quest for discipleship is a spiritual journey for those who desire to go beyond church attendance; those who have a desire to know more about God and His Word; those who have a desire to know more about life and living. As an ordained pastor, called by God, you might think this was a natural desire; but I don’t agree. There is a significant difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge. One can listen to sermons and attend Bible Studies to gain (and not necessarily retain) knowledge about God, but it is not until that knowledge drops about 18 inches to the heart that we truly begin to know God.
For me personally, my “quest” began one weekend while reading the book “Believing God” by Beth Moore. In this book, there are four very significant chapters. The first was titled “Believing God is who He says He is.” The second was “Believing God can do what He says He can do.” The third was “Believing that I am who God says I am.” And the fourth was “Believing that I can do all things through Christ Jesus”. These were so powerful for me that I began to use them as a “statement of Faith” in my church as well as my own life. In fact, they are what stirred within me the desire to write my books and to teach others willing to seek their own quest for discipleship.
The “Quest” began with “In It for Life” my first book which is all about the discipleship journey from beginning to end, and the fact that it is a life-long journey. It starts with “believing” then “becoming” a Christian, then learning how to “be-loved” and love one another in God’s family; the Church. Followed by what it means to “be-filled” the Spirit of God at work in His people, the church, and the world. Finally, how to live life in the “overflow”.
My second book “By His Hand” is all about lessons learned in my own journey, and the fact that God’s hand is always moving in, out, and around everything in our lives. The things that we experience are pieces of our puzzle of which only God knows what the completed picture looks like.
My third book “Show and Tell” describes exactly that; if we call ourselves Christians, followers of Christ, then it ought to show and we ought to be able to tell of our experiences with God in our lives.
My fourth book “Jars of Clay” is what I would call a “potter and clay” example to explain why you are who God says you are! (This could be joined together with book 13 “Blessed”)
My fifth book “T.E.A.M.” is a church growth as well as a personal growth book on how and why we are really a T.E.A.M. and why church is a team effort.
My sixth book “The Promised Gift” is all about the work of the promised Holy Spirit’s work in us as well as in the church, and in the world. It is the sequel to the Gospel story of Jesus and the meaning and importance of Pentecost.
My seventh book “From the Pastor’s Desk” and my eighth “More from the Pastor’s Desk” are a compilation of my favorite and best messages (according to my congregations and my wife) that are sort of a legacy to my children and grandchildren. These are messages that I would put a star on and save in my files over the years as a pastor.
My ninth book “The Kingdom of God” is all about God’s desire to build His Kingdom from the very start in Genesis and how he completes His Kingdom in the Book of Revelation. It is also about the four kingdoms spoken of in His Word; the unseen spiritual kingdom all around us; the kingdom of God that Jesus said was “within us”; the heavenly kingdom; and the kingdom to come.
My tenth book “Let Earth Receive Her King” is a collection of Advent and Christmas ideas for individuals as well as pastors. These are also some of my favorites.
Number eleven is called “Therefore”. It’s a look at what is said previous to the word, as well as what follows the word, which makes for an interesting study by which to further our growth into God’s Word. “God said it, I believe it, … “Therefore”…
Number twelve “Principles from Proverbs” consists of 13 principles concerning wisdom by which to live by that promise prosperity and success in life. They are simple and priceless principles for a lifestyle of happiness and the abundant life Jesus came to give.
Number thirteen “Blessed” is all about what God’s Word teaches about what it truly means to be blessed.
Number fourteen “God’s Top Ten” is a self-commentary on the Ten Commandments.
Number fifteen “Prayer Changes Things” is of course, all about prayer and how we can have an effective prayer life that really can change things!
Number sixteen is “5 R’s of Revelation” A discussion of the “Revelation”, the “Returns”, the “Rapture”, the Resurrections, and the “Rewards”.
All fifteen books fit somewhere within the four statements of faith I have come to believe and live by. I have prepared and delivered all of these in sermon or in study form throughout the years of my ministry. I am Rev Fred, and I approve this message!
I would love to speak to your group or teach a seminar for your church leaders, board members, and pastors. Thank you for checking out my website and I hope that you will also check my other book site and blog site . To book me for a seminar, please contact me here or on Facebook. I look forward to speaking with you!