Fred became the Lead Pastor of Clairmont Hills Baptist Church in September 2004. Although life in the 21st century is complex, Fred believes the purpose of life can be summed in a simple way, using the answer Jesus gave when asked which was the greatest of all the commandments: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " Pastor Fred says, "As a pastor, the primary calling in my life is helping people live out their purpose. My passion is teaching God's word in a manner that is both understandable and relevant. Primary emphases in my ministry are compassion and encouragement. I like to see myself as a 'player-coach' who walks among others in the church and not above them." Pastor Fred is a native of Georgia and a graduate of Georgia Tech and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously started a church in Gwinnett County, pastored a church in central Georgia, and worked as a consultant for starting new churches throughout Georgia. Pastor Fred and his wife Cynthia have five children—four girls and a boy—and they enjoy a wide range of activities and interests.