Fred Wenger (57) was born on May 31, 1933 in Camden, NJ. At 17, a man who taught senior high Sunday School at the Philadelphia Church of the Nazarene called and invited Fred to sit with him and the class in that evening’s revival service. Fred told him, “No!” but quickly changed his mind. That night Fred was saved!
He was immediately pointed toward sanctification”. Before a year was up a pastor had taken Fred to ENC for a visit and he felt a call to preach. On his 18th birthday he left for Eastern Nazarene Academy and then ENC. Fred taught Sunday School classes at both Wollaston Church and Boston Chapel. He graduated in 1957. Dr. Akers, class sponsor, suggested that Fred’s class give $1,000 as the class gift to establish the first ever class scholarship. This scholarship has grown to over $100,000 in value.
While at Nazarene Seminary he worked in a local church as children’s pastor and youth minister. His wife, Bea, taught public school and served with him in the church ministry.
Fred and Bea accepted their first pastorate in Atchison, KS. God blessed their efforts and the church was given the “Small Church of the Year Award”. They also pastored in Harrisburg, PA and Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Some of his other assignments included advanced chaplaincy training in Corpus Christi, TX, supervisory chaplaincy training, chaplain at Parson State Hospital, counseling pastor at Bethany First Church, and pastoring a church in Hawaii.
Since 2001 he has been doing pastoral counseling out of his home in Oklahoma City, OK. He is also involved in doing counseling by phone and an extensive e-ministry as well.
God has greatly blessed his life in marrying Bea (Wycoff) Wenger whom he met while working together in the college dining room. She has been faithful and complementary in ministry right along with him these many decades. They have been blessed with three wonderful children: Beth Bley of Calumet, OK; Karen Thomas of Harrisonburg, VA; and Fred Wenger III of Salem, OR. They are all serving God in successful careers.