Born in Plymouth, England on April 26, 1916 in Plymouth, England, Fred came to Brantford in 1924 with his parents, Ralph and Sarah. He was educated at Graham Bell School, B.C.I., McMaster University, and several post graduate colleges. Having served churches in Nova Scotia and Ontario, and being ordained in 1941, Fred pastored churches in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, and Brantford. For 22 years he was the General Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Baptist Federation, occupied many executive positions in the Baptist World Alliance, and served on the Canadian Council of Churches. He was awarded Knight Great Band for the Humane Order of African Redemption, in recognition of leadership in World Relief Projects.
In retirement, he served as interim pastor at Kenora, Tillsonburg, St. George, and Caledonia, as well as Immanuel and Queensway Baptist Churches, and Wesley United Church in Brantford. He was Minister Emeritus of Park Baptist, Wesley United, and First Baptist Churches. He had the honour of being the Project Coordinator of the Canadian Baptist Heritage Center at McMaster Divinity College, which was dedicated to Fred and his wife, Ruth. Curling was his favourite sport.
Fred was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth Baker (2003) of Kenora. He is survived by his family, daughter Jane Baker, son John (Marilyn), grandchildren Jennifer, James, Craig, Lance, and their spouses, five great-grandchildren, and his “adopted” family, Janet, David, Roblyn, and Lara Partridge. Predeceased by his grandson Andrew. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, 70 West Street, Brantford on Friday, January 25th, 2013 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. A Service of Celebration for Fred’s life to follow at 2:00 p.m. Cremation.
Donations to the Fred & Ruth Bullen Sharing Way of First Baptist Church or First Baptist Church would be appreciated.“He rests from his labour and his work follows him.”