Excellence in Religion: Fredrica Walters

Faith Family Photos by DigiPixInc.comThe true purpose of Christianity is to, “reach, equip, send and transform community.” Such is the mission of Pastor Fredrica E. Walters, senior pastor of Faith Family Church (FFC), a diverse, multicultural congregation in Ajax, Ontario.

In 2013 under her leadership, a building to house the offices, ministry and Community Outreach Programs — a food bank, children, youth, seniors and adult small groups — was purchased in downtown Ajax.

Since her youth, Walters had a passion to see people succeed and develop into their full potential. This passion motivated her, at 17-years-old, along with another individual, to start a 4H Youth Club, named Progressive Youth Club, in her community. With membership upwards of 40 youths and young adults in the Town of Ewarton, St. Catherine, Jamaica, lives were changed. The club competed in local and national festivals, performed clean-up operations of the town and many other meaningful ventures geared at community building and personal development.

After migrating to Canada in the mid-70s, Walters continued her work of mentoring by teaching Sunday school classes, served as a youth leader, and on the youth council of her local church in Toronto for many years.

In 1985, the family relocated to Durham, taking up membership at Faith Family Church in January 1995. Over the years, Walters and her family has served in various capacities at FFC, becoming interim pastor in 2009 and Senior Pastor in 2011.

Pastor Walters’ deep passion for people and her commitment to sharing positive and life-changing messages is her motivating challenge. She has taught and ministered through mission trips to England, Jamaica, Zambia and Mexico, and her goal is to continue sharing the gospel in her local community, Canada and internationally.

With undergraduate studies at Brock University and her Bachelor of Theology from Canada Christian College, she has worked in the business community for many years and with the Ajax, Pickering and Whitby Association for Community Living for over 25 years.

She has been married to her husband, Associate Pastor Barry Walters, for 36 years. The couple parents five children, several foster children and have housed over 30 individuals in their home during the last 35 years.

The secret of her success may be found in her favourite sayings: “For with God, nothing is impossible;” and “Where there is a will, there is a way”.