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Following in his father's footsteps

POSTED: April 8, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Henry and Dana Frasier Jr.

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Not only does he carry his father's name, but he is also in the ministry the same as his father.
"I have watched and admired my father's ministry for many years," said Henry Frasier Jr. said.
The pastor is the son of Elder Henry Frasier Sr. While Elder Frasier has been in ministry for almost 40 years, his son has been in the ministry for 14 years. He is currently serving his second tenure as pastor of the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Freedman Grove.
Frasier has served as a pastor for 13 years. His first church was Mt. Zion AME in Gardi. He has also served as the pastor of Mt. Carmel AME in Georgetown, St. James AME in Glennville and St. Mary AME in Savannah.  
Although a small congregation, St. James is one of the oldest churches in the community. Members are very involved in community affairs. The church's ministries include a youth department, praise team, and missionary department.
"We are also very supportive of the Boy Scouts, specifically Troop 581," the pastor said.  
Frasier's desire is to encourage people to understand God.
"We serve a God who is bigger than our setting. In order to serve him, we must submit to His will and plan for our lives. None of us are perfect, but we serve a perfect God," he said. "We must govern ourselves according to the will and plan of God. The Word of God is true, electrifying, inspiring and very directive."
Frasier credits his father, Pastor Charles Roberson and the late Pastor Rowland Reed with shaping and guide him in the ministry.  "My father is a man of integrity and love," he said.   
Frasier's advice to pastors is to not allow the ministry or church to cause them to lose their family.
"This was good advice given to me by Pastor Reed," he said. "You must love the sheep, but they don't belong to you. They belong to God."
On this Resurrection Sunday, Frasier said, "Just as Christ was resurrected, don't let '07 stop you from being resurrected in '08. You can't cover up the resurrection. They tried to cover up the resurrection, but Jesus was resurrected."
In addition to preaching and teaching the word of God, Pastor Frasier enjoys singing. He has been a member of the Cousinaires, an area choir, for years. Members of the group have busy schedules, but they enjoy taking time out to lend their voices on various programs.
"I play the drum a little, but I would like to learn to play the organ, " Frasier said.
He also loves to play softball and basketball.
A native of Liberty County, Frasier and his wife Dana live in Hinesville. They are the parents of two boys and two girls. The Frasiers have been married for 17 years, and Dana Frasier is a substitute teacher at Snelson-Golden Middle School.
Frasier has also been employed with Coastal Communications for the past 17 years.
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