Fred Howard is the minister of the Unitarian Church of Valdosta, Georgia. He has roots deep in Georgia soil. Born and raised in Macon, he attended Valdosta State College and then the Medical College of Georgia. He then practiced medicine as a family physician in Cairo and Douglas for twenty years. Following what he describes as a mid-life crisis, Howard then chose a new calling and enrolled in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, graduating in 2006. He spent a year in the clinical pastoral education program at Emory Hospital followed by a ministerial internship at the High Street Church in Macon. He is ordained by the Christian Universalist Association.
Howard has received numerous literary awards, including the coveted Nautilus for Transforming Faith: Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker. More recently he published his first novel, Children of Covenant, and a children’s book, Nerdle the Turtle.
Howard lives with his wife, Kathy, in Valdosta. They have three children, Mandy, Misty, and Dustin, and seven grandchildren.