Fred Willis

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Husband, Father, Brother, Reverend, and Avid Cook. Rev. Fred Willis is currently the Lead Pastor at Holy Covenant UMC and has been an ordained Elder in the Texas Annual Conference for going on 20 years. He became a homecook first as a hobby (and because he loves to eat!) but it developed into a passion for learning. Be it food, faith, or his family, Fred is always trying to get better at the things that matter.

Happy Ash Wednesday

Isn’t it interesting that those outside of the Church (and to be honest, a lot of those inside the church, too) just could not care less about Lent?  No Hallmark cards saying “Have a reflective Lent!” or “May your Lenten … Read More

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

TheWife loves Brussels sprouts.  Totally, completely.  Her eyes glitter and gleam when she grabs a bundle from the store. She can make an entire meal out of them! It disgusts me. Ugh. There are a lot of vegetables that I really … Read More

Stop It

It seems that we are constantly reminding TheGirl that she needs to ask her brother nicely to cease whatever new thing he has found to wart his sister.   The phrase that I hear her saying (yelling) over and over is … Read More

Baked Potato & Leek Soup

Baked Potato & Leek Soup (slow cooker) One would think that January would mean cold weather. Not always so in Texas, though. It seems like every time I wash my car, it rains, so what happens if I start cooking … Read More


Worry is not bad. There. I said it. All these articles, pastors, and psychologist will pontificate on how horrid the dreaded worry is and the 5, 10, or 15 things you can do to get rid of it. But I … Read More

TheGirl’s (un)Mac ‘N Cheese

At my table, I believe in passing on to my children a love of the important things in life. Faith is first and foremost. Respectable knife skills are second.  The perfect Macaroni and Cheese is certainly in the top 10. Good Mac’nCheese… its … Read More

Nativity by Kershisnik

My wife is an artist and an art teacher, and where I have always loved art, I just never seem to appreciate it in the same way she does.  Still, I am always watching for good art… mainly so that … Read More

My Hobby

I recognized back in 2009 that I had no hobbies in my life.   The realization came after a workshop on taking a Sabbath that encouraged Pastors to find new ways to recharge. Looking at myself –  I worked, I was … Read More

Breakfast Artisan Bread

After getting my weekly bread routine down, I wanted to branch out and see what else I could do. Digging around, the idea of doing an artisan bread sounded delicious and daunting. It ended up being much more the former … Read More


My wife nor I have ever spoiled our children with toys.  OK, well not to any great extreme.  (grandparents on the other hand, are an almost uncontrollable force of nature when it comes to spoiling) We try to balance it all … Read More