As Lead Pastor, Fred oversees the “grow” value of the church by providing visionary leadership, congregation care and preaching. His greatest joy is seeing people transformed by the Gospel. The Bakers are originally from Texas. Fred did his graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary where he focused on Biblical Counseling. The Bakers then moved to Jackson, Tennessee, where Fred worked as the Community Pastor, Children's Pastor, Singles group leader, and handled pastoral care through counseling (although he did not do all of them at the same time – mostly). Fred's wife Stacey works on helping dreams come true - she's a Disney travel agent. They have two boys; Luke and Seth. In 2005, while visiting Asheville, Fred felt the Lord's leading to plant a church here. That started a three year process of meeting with the elders at the church in Jackson and meeting with churches here in Asheville to discern if this city needed another church. With much confirmation, support, and encouragement the Baker family moved to Asheville in 2008. Fellowship Asheville started with 10 folks, and ever since that first time together God has been doing something that only He can do. God has pulled a group of people fueled by the gospel to love each other and love this city. It sure is fun! Fred and Stacey love movies, road trips, Disney World, and really good food shared with great people.