New UMC Pastor feels ‘blessed’ to be appointed to Springfield
“This is the beginning of a very exciting time for us,” said Rick Frederickson, who is settling in and getting comfortable with his new job as pastor of the Springfield United Methodist Church. “It is a real joy getting to know Springfield,” he said during a recent interview.
Pastor Frederickson and his wife, Sue, moved to Springfield on June 29, and are residing in the church parsonage, 414 South Hoyt Avenue. Pastor Frederickson conducted his first service here on Sunday, July 1.
A few twists and turns in life brought Pastor Frederickson to the ministry. He grew up with three brothers, and his family lived for about nine years in Kampala, Uganda, where his father was employed as a contractor for the government working for small farm cooperatives in finances and practical management for cooperatives. “It was a tremendous experience,” he said. He graduated from Windom High School in 1978 and after college worked in real estate with his father for a couple of years, then “bounded around” for a few years before going to work in a grain elevator.
“A grain elevator accident brought me closer to God,” he said. A crowbar was accidently dropped on his head. During his hospitalization and recovery he received lots of get well cards with a common theme — We’re praying for you. “Not only did that heal my head, it healed my heart and sent me a message that brought me to where I am now,” he said.
See complete story in this week's issue of the Springfield Advance-Press.