The Reverend Fred. W. Andrea III, Ph.D.,
Dr. Fred W. Andrea III is Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Aiken, South Carolina.
A native of Greenville, he was reared in upstate South Carolina. He was graduated from Spartanburg High School, Clemson University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - from which he received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
Dr. Andrea has served as pastor of the Rock Creek Baptist Church in Westport, Indiana, the Augusta Heights Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and the First Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia. In addition to his congregational duties, he has taught seminary courses in pastoral ministries.
He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Aiken, a Past-Moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, and President of the Board of Directors of the Community Care and Counseling Center of Aiken. He served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Aiken County and is a Past Chair of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. He has provided leadership to numerous church and community boards, agencies, and committees. Andrea, a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and the 2001 Aiken Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, is a contributor to various journals and collections of sermons. He is a weekly newspaper columnist for the Aiken Standard and is a consultant with the Institute for Healthy Congregations at the McAfee School of Theology.
He is married to Barbara R. Morgan, a graduate of the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is the retired Solicitor of the Second Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. She is currently a consultant, entrepreneur, artist, and film maker. They are together the parents of four children: Rebecca, who died in 1997; Margaret (Nathan) Campbell, a public school teacher in Aiken County; Sarah Andrea, a Peace Corps education volunteer in The Gambia; and Morgan Purvis, a businessman in Aiken.