Fourth Presbyterian Church was founded in 1828 and is led by Todd Smedley, our eighth senior pastor. Fourth is committed to glorifying God by making disciples of Jesus Christ through Christ-Centered Worship, Gospel-Shaped Community, Kingdom-Advancing Multiplication, and Neighbor-Loving Service. In addition to confessing the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed we also subscribe to the Westminster Standards and Heidelberg Catechism and hold them to be faithful summaries of the theology, piety, and practice taught in the Bible and recovered during the Protestant Reformation. Fourth Presbyterian Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Additional details about our beliefs are available on our website.
Meet Our Team
David Frerichs is Director of Young Adult Ministries and Fourth Fellows at Fourth Presbyterian. David was raised in Nebraska before attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he received undergraduate degrees in business and bioengineering, and a master’s degree in biotechnology. He then participated in the design, development and manufacturing of novel biopharmaceutical products, first for a global medical device firm and then for a biotechnology startup. In 2008, David moved to Romania, where he continued to bring ideas from concept to reality, but shifted the focus of his work from biopharmaceutical product development to Christian ministry. As a result, Eclesia International Church was born. In 2017 David returned to the U.S. and to Fourth Presbyterian. He and his wife, Erin, met at Fourth in 2000. They have five children and live in Bethesda.
Jennifer Redd is the Assistant Director for the Fourth Fellows program, and coordinates Fellows recruitment, admissions, internships, and host families. Jennifer first came to Fourth in 1999 when she worked at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Scott, married at Fourth in 2000. They now have five daughters and live in McLean, VA.