Fred Wooden: Preacher, Pilgrim, Pundit

The Rev. Dr. W. Frederick (Fred) Wooden

has served five congregations over 40 years of clergy service, from small and rural to large and urban, and preached in 100 more.  Recently retired, he is available as a Guest Speaker or Visiting Minister.

He is also a pilgrim walker who has hiked along the Camino de Santiago, walked from Winchester to Canterbury, followed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, traversed the Kumano Kodo in Japan, and has hopes of traveling the Via Francigena.  He presents illustrated accounts of these journeys.

Fred published three books in 2022, ranging from travelog to theology to short story.  Prior to that he has published in various periodicals, was as a columnist for three newspapers, been a radio host, and a Congressional candidate.  Fred has also been an activist for racial justice, the LGBTQ+ community, and interfaith engagement.

He is currently a columnist for,