Dr. Fred Moritz
Fred Moritz is a native of Peoria, Illinois, where he lived until his graduation from high school in 1959.
He attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota, graduating in 1963 with a B.A. degree. During this time, he met his wife, the former Judith Cook of Spring Lake, Michigan. After college, Moritz enrolled at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He graduated with a M.Div. degree in 1967. In 1992 he completed the D.Min. degree at Bob Jones University.
Fred and Judy Moritz were married in 1963. God has blessed their home with three children: James (deceased), Elisabeth, and Christin.
During his seminary years, he was the first pastor of the Golden Hill Baptist Church in Rochester, Minnesota. He has also served as pastor at the First Baptist Church, Oregon, Illinois, the Oak Grove (now Berea) Baptist Church, Bartonville, Illinois, and Thompson Road Baptist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana.
While a pastor, he served on the boards of Baptist World Mission and Indiana Baptist College. He taught at IBC, from which he received an honorary doctorate in 1980. Maranatha Baptist Bible College conferred an honorary degree on him in 2001.
In 1979 Dr. Moritz became a full time evangelist. In 1981 he became Assistant to Dr. Monroe Parker at Baptist World Mission in Decatur, Alabama. He was named executive director of BWM in 1985. Baptist World Mission serves 350 missionaries in 54 countries. He completed his work at Baptist World Mission in 2009. The board of the agency has named him executive director emeritus. Beginning in 2009 he assumed the position of a faculty member at Maranatha Baptist Seminary in Watertown, Wisconsin.
Fred Moritz is the author of the books Be Ye Holy: The Call to Christian Separation and Contending for the Faith, both published by Bob Jones University Press. He has also authored Now Is the Time—A History of Baptist World Mission, published in 2011 by Faithful Life Publishers.