Rev. Fred Britton

Rev. Fred Britton

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 Rev. Fred S. Britton, a lifelong Methodist, was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church when he answered the call to ministry.  His hometown is Waynesboro.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. in Business Administration) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M. Div.).  In 1981, he was ordained Deacon and then Elder in 1985.  Fred has been serving as the senior pastor of Tupelo First UMC since June 2015.  He has also served the following appointments in the Mississippi Annual Conference: Philadelphia FUMC, 2005-2015; Moss Point: Dantzler Memorial UMC, 2000-2005; Epworth UMC, 1997-2000; Raymond UMC/Learned UMC/Hinds Community College Wesley Foundation Director, 1993-1997; Raleigh UMC, 1990-1993; Franklin UMC, 1989-1990; West Lake UMC, 1985-1989; and Glendale/Gillis Chapel UMC, 1983-1985.  

Fred has served on numerous conference and district boards, councils and committees. Currently, he is serving on the Council on Finance and Administration and on the Tupelo DCOM.  During the eight years he was on the Board of Ordained Ministry, he served on an interview team. During his ten years serving on the Meridian DCOM, he was the chairperson for six years.  He has also served on the Seashore DCOM and West Jackson DCOM.  Other areas of service include Camp Wesley Pines Trustees, CWP Chairperson for four years, USM Wesley Foundation Board of Directors, USM Building Committee, USM Wesley Foundation Finance Committee Chairperson, Choctaw United Methodist Mission, Seashore Assembly Board of Trustees, RIM Mentor, Candidacy for Ordained Ministry Mentor and Clergy Mentor.

Rev. Britton is a clergy delegate to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference and represented the Mississippi Conference as a clergy delegate to the 2016 General Conference, a clergy delegate to the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, and a reserve clergy delegate to the 2008 SEJ Conference.  He also served on the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Nominations Committee.

He is married to Angela Britton, who is a nurse practitioner.  They have a daughter, Rachel, who is an elementary school teacher.  

Fred expressed two hopes for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. His first is that our General Conference will resolve the impasse concerning human sexuality in a way that is pleasing to Christ.  His second hope relates to the theme of the 2016 General Conference, “Therefore Go.”  It is Fred’s hope and prayer that at the adjournment of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church will have a renewed focus and resolve to fulfill Christ’s commission: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." --Matthew 28:19-20 NRSV

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