Alfreda “Freda” Lanoix, author of “Go to Hell”, is as irreverent and audacious as her new book. Fearlessly truthful and extraordinarily insightful, she views the world through a multi-faceted lens of laughter and self-examination. Freda has been a mover and a shaker her entire life. The truth is, she had to be. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1955, Freda was the eldest of six children, charged with the responsibility of raising her siblings. Most of her time and energy was devoted to caretaking, peacekeeping, and making sure that her brothers and sisters felt loved and nurtured. The resulting desire to help those around her feel good about themselves became a need that would ultimately shape Freda’s adult life.
Freda left home at the age of seventeen, headed to Los Angeles in search of a connection with the father she never knew. That connection didn’t happen-- but life did. Freda married, gave birth to a son and daughter, gradually accepted her sexual orientation, and ultimately was ordained in 1995 as an openly lesbian minister for Unity Fellowship Church of Christ. The following year Freda was named Unity’s Assistant Pastor, and in 1999, Rev. Elder Alfreda Lanoix became the Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church.