Fred Andrews

Frederick D. Andrews was born in Siler City, North Carolina and lived there until he left for college. His father was involved for most of his life in the poultry processing business and his mom was a seamstress who worked out of the home. The home church was the First Wesleyan Church in Siler City, where Fred grew up hearing about Jesus and gave his heart to Jesus at the age of 12. A short time later he became a member of the church, a relationship that continued for 20 years. In 1962, he enrolled in Southern Pilgrim College in Kernersville, NC with declared major. During the fall semester, he sensed God’s calling upon his life to prepare for the Christian ministry. In later years, he also sensed God’s calling for missions and began to prepare for that as well.

In 1966, he graduated with a B. A. in Biblical Literature.

After graduation, he became a student at Appalachian State University to add a certification in elementary education, later graduating in 1968 with a B. S. While a student at Appalachian State, Fred married Sondra McNurlin from Ashland, Kentucky.

To complete his formal preparation for the ministry, he attended Asbury Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1971.

His full time ministry began in August, 1971 as a missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa serving as a teacher at the Sierra Leone Bible College near Freetown. In 1972, he became Principal of the Bible College, which concluded in 1974 when the family returned to the United States for home ministry. After a year of home ministry, he served for a year as Assistant Pastor in Randleman, North Carolina at the First Wesleyan Church. Returning to Sierra Leone in 1976 for a three year term, he resumed his teaching career at the Bible College. During that year, in consultation with the medical director of the mission, he and his family decided to return to the United States because of continuing medical needs.

While preparing to return to the United States in 1977, a ministry position of Assistant Pastor was offered to him by the First Wesleyan Church in Central, South Carolina. In August, 1977 Fred and his family moved to Central to begin a different ministry. After just six months, the Senior Pastor of the church resigned and in 1978, Fred was called as Senior Pastor of the church, a position he held for 30 years, concluding his ministry in that role in 2008. Presently, he is Pastor of Congregational Care.

Among the awards that he has received, the highlight was receiving the Virgil A. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Pastoral Ministry by Southern Wesleyan University in 2003. His involvement in the South Carolina District of the Wesleyan Church includes serving on the District Board of Administration, the District Board of Ministerial Development and on several committees for the restoration of fallen ministers.

In addition to his wife, the family includes two daughters, Melanie and Allyson plus four grandsons.

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