Rev. Dr. Fred Howard has roots deep in Georgia soil. He was born and raised in Macon,attended Valdosta State College and then the Medical College of Georgia, and practiced medicine as a family physician in Cairo and Douglas for twenty years. In 2002 he felt called to ministry and closed his medical practice, moved to Atlanta, and began studies at Candler School of Theology. After graduation in 2006, he spent a year in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Emory Hospital.
The final leg of his ministerial training was completed in 2007 at the High Street Church in Macon where he did his ministerial internship. Since 2008 he has served as minister of the Valdosta Unitarian Church.