Fred Kornis embarked on an incredible journey of faith and service, leaving an indelible mark on the world. His story begins at Trinity College in Florida, where he nurtured his passion for Religious Education, earning his B.A. degree in 1976. But his thirst for knowledge and dedication knew no bounds. In 1986, he achieved his M.A. degree in Ministry from Faith Evangelistic Schools, followed by a Honorary Doctorate of Theology in 1992. Fred's insatiable hunger for growth led him through many specialized training programs and enlightening seminars.
However, his journey wasn't confined to classrooms and accolades. Like Jesus, he has spent most of his time in public places on the streets empathising with normal people.
Fred was forged for a higher purpose — a global mission of evangelism and teaching that has spanned Asia, Europe, the Western hemisphere, and beyond. Despite his many accomplishments, Fred's heart remains ever-humble, as he felt that his true calling was just beginning, making the notion of "retirement" seem distant and irrelevant.
Fred's legacy of love and devotion extended beyond his calling. With a family that blossomed to include 4 married children, 16 grandchildren, and 8+ rapidly growing great-grandchildren, he embraces the challenges of life with grace and maturity. At his side through every step is his beloved wife Barbara, an unwavering partner who not only shares his journey but also provides invaluable support in the administrative realm at the HIM headquarters.
Fred's faith journey was unique. While serving as a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, specifically with the 173rd Airborne, something extraordinary happened.
On a significant day, July 11, 1970, he found deep comfort and connection with Almighty Jesus Christ, making Jesus his personal Savior.
Despite the challenging environment of LZ English, where he was stationed, Fred's compassion shone brightly. He actively participated in drug rehabilitation efforts and helped with medevac rescues, showing kindness even in difficult times.
Fred's commitment to service extended to every facet of his life. He wore various hats as a youth/music director, interim pastor, and a city chaplain in Baltimore, Maryland from 1976 to 1983. From 1975 to 1984, he devoted himself to the Baltimore/Washington branch of Open-Air Campaigners as an Area Director and staff evangelist. His missionary journey led him to the Philippines in 1984-1986, and even upon his return to the USA in 1986-1988, he continued to serve as the U.S. Field Representative of Open-Air Campaigners (OAC). A missionary-evangelist role with Ambassadors for Christ International (AFCI) became his focus for the next 14 years.
Fred's life is an awe-inspiring testament to the boundless possibilities of faith and determination. From the halls of academia to the battlefields of Vietnam, from the pulpit to the streets, he has illuminated the world with his unwavering spirit. Let Fred's journey remind us that our purpose is ever-evolving, and with a heart dedicated to service, there are no limits to the lives we can touch and the legacy we can create.
Fred’s Life Scriptures
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”— Jeremiah 29:13
“As long as he sought the Lord… God made him to prosper”— 2 Chronicles 25:6
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth but you shall meditate there in day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written there in… Then you will make your way prosperous… Then you will have good success”— Joshua 1:8
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful… But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his long does he meditate both day and night…”— Psalms 1:1
“My voice should you hear in the morning oh Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer until you and look up”— Psalms 5:3
“The heavens declare the glory of God the skies show forth his Andy work, day after day they utter speech night after night they show his handiwork…”— Psalm 19:1-2
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. ”— Psalm 100 1-5
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”— Proverbs 1:7
“But he answered, 'It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’’”— Matthew 4:4
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”— Matthew 11:28-29
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”— Mark 1:35
“Jesus answered, 'It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’’”— Luke 4:4
“He must become greater; I must become less.”— John 3:30
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, 'Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.'”— John 7:37
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”— John 16:33
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”— John 15:5
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”— Acts 1:8
“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”— Acts 2:42
“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”— Gal.2:20
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”— Gal 4:4
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”— Eph 2:8-9
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,”— Eph 4:11
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,”— Eph 5:18
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”— Phil 1:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.”— Phil 4:6-10
“I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.”— Col.2:1
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”— 1Thess 5:18
“He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.”— 1Tim 3:6
“For kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”— 1Tm 2:2
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”— 2Tim 3:16
“But if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”— Jeremiah 20:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”— 1Jn 1:9
Throughout his fifty plus years of dedicated ministry, he has journeyed supplying resources, funds, equipment, vehicles, building constructions, food and medication among the others things to numerous countries.
Fred has been sensitive to the spiritual and physical needs of people wherever he goes.
His travels have taken him to diverse places like Mexico, India, the Philippines, China, Kazakhstan, Europe, Asia, Nicaragua, Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Fiji, New Zealand, Haiti, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Poland, Bangladesh and Nepal.
His impactful ministry extends far and wide, involving a multitude of meaningful interactions with local churches, youth groups, camps, schools, jails, hospitals, rescue missions, men’s retreats, conferences, training seminars, and compassionate visits to those who are ill or confined.
Love, as described in the timeless words, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails,"-1 Corinthians 13 is a principle he lives by.
This same profound love, Fred has generously shared with the less fortunate. He has guided countless individuals towards a spiritual connection with the Divine.
As you could imagine this kind of work takes a lot of sacrifice and money!!.
Your prayers and donations are urgently requested to uplift him in ongoing missions.