The Legacy of Ernie Frederick
Before his retirement in 1995 – or as he referred to it, “refirement”, Ernie had served for 28 years as a Mentoring Supervisor for Family Guidance. There is no way of calculating the thousands of lives Ernie impacted during those 28 years of meeting with parents, matching their children with mentors, and praying for them every day. Nor is there a way to estimate the impact of his 19-year ministry of daily intercession for the city from the Mt. Washington overlook, or his prayerwalking through many of our neighborhoods, or his Places of Prayer at just about every public event where he could be seen praying passionately from the platform for the city or compassionately for those who came to him with needs.
In addition to these local ministries, Ernie spent 16 years travelling to Cameroon in Central Africa to help the people with their effort to translate the Bible into a written form of their native language and to teach and encourage the pastors of the local churches there. He was also involved in the Jesus Film project in Cameroon.
Ernie’s was a life well lived, serving His Lord in everything He called him to do. Though he left us with his years of monthly devotionals and his book, “Praying God’s Purposes for Your City,” and, of course, the memories of his presence in our lives, his loss will surely be felt as one of the most faithful of Pittsburgh’s elders, praying for her welfare and her people every day.