Rev. Fred Bigelow was born and grew up in Kentville, Nova Scotia. At an early age his grandmother took him to church and Sunday school. At the age of fourteen he gave his life to Christ. Fred taught Sunday school in his early teens and was ordained as a deacon at the age of 18.
In 1969, he attended the United Baptist Bible Training School, now Crandall University, in Moncton, New Brunswick to upgrade his high school marks. But he was not able at that time to enter Acadia University.
However, in 1984 Fred went to Acadia Divinity College as a mature student and graduated with the Master of Divinity Degree in 1988. Also in 1988 Fred had the joy of baptizing his parents, his son, Michael, and was ordained to the Christian ministry.
He has held pastorates in Hill Grove United Baptist Church 1985-1992; Wilmot United Baptist Church 1992-1998; and Weymouth Area United Baptist Churches (New Tusket, Riverside and Ashmore Bethel Baptist Churches) 1998-2006; Ashmore (Bethel) and Riverside United Baptist Churches, October 2006 to December2015. He came to Bear River East Baptist Church in December 2015.
Pastor Bigelow and his wife Valerie have two married children and two grandchildren.