Rev. Dr. Fred Wollerman
Parish Associate – Staff Member since 2007
Why did you choose to become a minister?
I was committed to becoming a medical missionary, but during my freshman year in college, I felt a strong calling to the Gospel (Word and Sacrament, as we say). As my ministry developed, I found an additional calling to the counseling ministry.
What is your role at Wellshire?
I visit people in the hospital and in rehabilitation, and I minister to people in hospice who are passing on. In addition, I often teach Celtic Christian spirituality and contemplative prayer in adult education. Sometimes, I am privileged to participate in Sunday morning worship and seasonal special services.
What is the greatest thing about being a minister at Wellshire?
I love the people here at Wellshire, and I feel greatly appreciated.
What is the biggest opportunity for our Wellshire community?
Our mission in the community and around the world. This is a serving community.
How would you describe your personal theology?
My personal belief structure is probably a wee bit on the liberal side… and a strong practice of meditation. I am extremely ecumenical.
What is the most memorable sermon you’ve ever given?
An Easter morning sermon I delivered at the PCUSA Church in Leadville, Colorado in 1994.
What is your favorite bible verse and why?
God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself… because that is the theme of the Confession of 1967. My beloved Calvin professor (Eadward A. Dowey) chaired the commission that drafted that confession.
Where do you find inspiration?
The books on Celtic Spirituality by “my hero,” Rev. Dr. J. Philip Newell.
What are the things that make you happiest?
Warm hugs from loving people… and delicious seafood.
When you’re not at Wellshire, where are you likely to be?
At home, writing at my desktop, or walking on the greenbelt.
What is one thing that very few people know about you?
I love jazz. In fact, I love most music. Besides that, I love to cook.