Meet the Pastor
Tim Freed was born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He and his family were active members at Calvary Lutheran Church. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the U S Army and served as an Aeroscout/Observer on OH-58 Scout Helicopters for the First Cavalry Division. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
After graduating from Widner University with a B.S. in Business Management, he was employed by Briggs-Valcon Inc., a manufacturers’ representative and distributor of industrial instrumentation for process industries (petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical, power generation, municipal, and food industries). Or, as he likes to say, “I sold stuff that measured the flow and level of liquids”.
While at Briggs–Valcon, he was one of the leaders of the high school youth at Calvary Lutheran, a church council member and a member of the Chancel Choir. All of this was formative in his future call to parish ministry. After a period of discernment, (discern is one of those church-speak words that means prayerful consideration and agonizing over possibly doing the wrong thing) he entered the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia.
He met his wife, Holly, during his second year at Seminary and they married two years later. He received his Master of Divinity Degree and was called to Nativity Lutheran in 2004, the same year their son, Jason was born. Daughter, Hannah, followed in 2007. Holly is an accountant for a firm in Exton Pennsylvania and works out of their home.
Pastor Tim believes strongly in meaningful worship for the people of God. What this means is:
- Reverence to God through Word and Sacrament.
- Powerful and relevant preaching, (which he strives to do).
- Quality music and liturgy – be it with pipe organ, piano, guitar, flute, and of course voices.
- A relaxed and forgiving worshiping atmosphere (not getting bent out of shape if mistakes are made or babies are crying).
Christian education is something that Pastor believes should be for all ages and meaningful to the participants as well. The Sunday school teachers and educational material at Nativity as well as the opportunities for learning reflect this belief.
Pastor Tim believes strongly in the need for Pastors to be active spiritual care givers. He has a strong commitment to the visitation of hospitalized and shut-in members of Nativity and to their relatives and friends when called upon to do so. Pre-marriage counseling and time of death care are also a major part of his ministry.