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As the Event Setup Coordinator for Myers Park Presbyterian, Freddie Sherrill manages the set-up of spaces in the church. Whether it’s a lunch gathering for PW Circles or a Session meeting, you can bet that Freddie is behind it. In his 15 years at MPPC, Freddie has had the opportunity to connect with the staff and church members on a profoundly personal level. He cites these relationships as the inspiration for him overcoming his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. “I always wanted to do better, so I went to a halfway house in Morganton where I did yard work for members of First Presbyterian Church of Morganton at the time.” One day, a woman from the church introduced Freddie to Pastor Steve Eason sparking a friendship that lasted throughout his tenure at Myers Park Presbyterian.

When Freddie got a job at MPPC he gained more than a means to support his family; he gained a community of loving people who cared for him. He was inspired by their faithfulness and love of one another, and he started to become a part of the church community. When he saw members bringing their kids to church, it motivated him to bring his children to Sunday school. Freddie was so impacted by his relationship with the ministers as well that he even considered becoming a pastor at one point in time. What he found though is that ministry doesn’t have to come from the pulpit. Freddie has found his ministry in sharing his testimony with youth during CROSS weekends and with adults as well. In this way, he can give back to the community that has given him so much more than just a job. “I learned from Steve Eason, and now Joe Clifford is that all of us are ministers,” he says. “We minister in our work each day by what we do with others whether it’s with children, youth or as staff.”

Today, Freddie is in his senior year at Queens University and will be graduating this May with his bachelor’s degree. He is very proud of his accomplishments and is thankful for the community of faith that rallied around him. “God blessed me to pull me out of addiction and put me in a position to where I can be grateful,” Freddy says. “The least I can do is learn how to give back as I’ve seen so many others do in this community.”