Bishop Fred Willis Washington is a native of Fairbanks, Louisiana, a product of a devout family. His parents, Deacon D. C. Washington and Evangelist Freddie Mae Washington, were very involved in the church.
Washington was saved at the age of 11. Subsequent to a miraculous healing, he
was anointed to preach the Gospel at the age of 18. He received Minister’s
license under the late Bishop J. W. White (Louisiana), and became an Ordained Elder
in 1970 under the late Bishop Wm. B. Williams (Minnesota). God directed him to
the New Covenant Church of God in Christ in 1972, he recently passed the baton
as Senior Pastor but continues to be active in the ministry. His previous
pastorates include Power
House Church of God in Christ, Monroe, Louisiana; First Church of God in Christ
of Minneapolis; and New Beginning
Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Saint Paul, Emmanuel Tabernacle Church
of God in Christ, Grace Temple Church of God in Christ, and Greater Saint Paul
Church of God in Christ. He
served three bishops in Minnesota (Bishop Wm. B. Williams, Bishop S. H. Overton and Bishop S. N.
Frazier) in various capacities: 30 years as State Chairman; 21 years as Administrative
Assistant, including approximately 11 years as the 1st Administrative Assistant;
19 years as District Superintendent; and 4 years as Secretary to the Bishop. His
expansive church experience includes Jurisdictional Secretary, President of the
Evangelism Department, and Chairman of the Board of Superintendents, among
Bishop Fred Willis Washington was designated as Bishop of the Minnesota Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ, by Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson during the Jurisdictional Holy Convocation on August 11, 2006. He was consecrated to the sacred office of Jurisdictional Bishop, inducted into the College of Bishop on November 13, 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee. Bishop Washington serves the National Church of God in Christ as a member of the General Assembly Judicial Investigating Council
Honors conferred upon Bishop Washington include a proclamation of “Bishop Fred Willis Washington Day in Minnesota” by the Governor of Minnesota for religious and community services. A biographical novel, “God’s New Covenant: The Man and the Mission,” chronicling his life, was written and published by Dr. Author O. Wright.
Bishop Washington is the first African-American to be elected as President of the Minnesota Council of Churches, representing over two million members. He serves on the Board of Regents of North Central University, the Board of Directors of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, and the Policy Board of His Works United, a collaboration of the Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and Church of God in Christ. He married Mrs. Barbara Jean Cotton Washington of Minneapolis in 1968. Lady Barbara had a rich Church of God in Christ history, in that she descended from the Late Mother Lizzie Roberson, first National Mother of the Church of God in Christ, and her grandfather was the Late Overseer A. W. Wilson of Minnesota. Three sons, Two daughters, and Fifteen plus grandchildren are the results of their marriage.