An Interview with Fredi Trammell By Rev. Crystal Schmalz
Fredi Trammell an author, pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, and long-term servant of Jesus Christ began her ministry at the age of fourteen. To some, Fredi would not have been the “best” candidate for ministry, because she didn’t come from the typical “good family” and ideal lifestyle. Fredi was raised by her grandmother, didn’t come from the “normal” two parent two children American dream family, was not rich, and her high-tech church transportation consisted of shoes and feet that walked a mile each way to and from church. She was what we term “the bus kid.”
As I interviewed Fredi, she told me about what I saw as sacrifices that she had made for the kingdom of God. She was quick to tell me and adjust my thinking when she said, “You don’t count it as a sacrifice; you count it as a blessing.” As I heard these words I was completely engaged into what she was saying, because I come from a generation which doesn’t prize work, and sees everything as a sacrifice. It isn’t about what we can give to God, but it is about what he can give to us. I was humbly put into my place as I listened to her words of wisdom. Her life story began to meld into my own, and I could see the Lord at work in this interview. I was being mentored by her life story. I didn’t schedule this interview; I never planned on getting to know her, it just sort of happen. Her booth was right next to my booth at a Ladies retreat, and somehow just as Paul spoke about the steps of the children of God being ordered in Romans 8, I felt my steps being ordered by his holy and mighty presence.
Fredi told me about her history of salvation and ministry. Fredi’s hunger for the Lord continued to grow as a child, and at the age of fourteen Fredi was filled with the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. Immediately she felt compelled to enter into the ministry. Fredi began to preach on street corners the gospel message as she played the guitar and crowds gathered around to hear the good news. By the age of eighteen she was travelling out, preaching revivals, and doing the ministry that God had called her to do. She received her first license as an unmarried woman in Arkansas just before she was twenty. As the years progressed Fredi was married, had four children, and her ministry became “diversified” as she so tenderly put it. Throughout the years Fredi has been involved in children’s ministry, has written eleven books, has worked alongside her husband as he pastored several churches, and has never lost the zeal and passion for souls that was once birthed in her through the Holy Spirit. Fredi told me “No matter what church I have been in, I have felt compelled to do something for the Lord.”
The ministry of Fredi Trammell inspires all those who hear her story, because she was willing to be a minister outside of the walls. For Fredi, ministry wasn’t a title, but it was a calling.
Sister Fredi Trammell passed away in December of 2013. I hope she will always be remembered for the wonderful woman of faith she was. Her commitment and life to Jesus Christ should inspire each of us to be and do all we can for the kingdom.
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