Fred Lemon – Christian Preacher and Evangelist

Going Straight by Fred LemonFred Lemon is a man I’ll never forget.  In 1983 he was preaching at the Luis Palau “Mission to London”.  I remember this because I was in a big tent in Clapham Common listening to him tell his story.

Fred was an ex-prisoner and had accepted Jesus as Saviour when he met Him in his prison cell.  A few days earlier I had turned from atheism and accepted Jesus as my Saviour, but I hadn’t met Him in the way Fred Lemon had.  I was amazed at his story.  This man reinforced my decision to turn my back on atheism.  I wanted this Jesus that Fred told me about.

My friend, who had been instrumental in my conversion said that he had problems accepting Fred’s story.  I had no problem with it what-so-ever.  Jesus is alive, so why shouldn’t He appear to people if He chooses to?

Breakout by Fred Lemon

Nearly 30 years later, I still haven’t met Jesus in the way Fred met Him, not many do.  But I know Jesus, and I know that one day I am going to meet Him the way Fred did.  I’m looking forward to that day, but while I’m waiting I’ll serve Jesus with great joy here on earth.

What happened to Fred Lemon?

I have had a look on Google for more information about Fred Lemon, but there is very little to find. I can only presume that Fred is in paradise now. If you have any information about Fred I’d love to hear from you.


Fred Lemon – Christian Preacher and Evangelist — 38 Comments

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  2. I was a Prison Visitor at Dartmoor prison in 1959, and have quite a story to tell you about Fred Lemon. However it is a lengthy and remarkable story which I would like to send you as an attachment to an email. It is too long for the confines of this rather small blog. I am sure you will thrill to it, as I will in the retelling of it.. John J. Jones. Plymouth, Devon

  3. My Grandad, John Sams was good friends with Fred, He and my Grandma would do the music ministry at some of the meetings he held. I met him a number of times as a child but I don’t remember a lot although my Grandad still tells me stories of Fred and their meetings.

    • Hi June,

      Did your father, Fred Lemon, ever tell you re the story when he met Jesus in his prison cell? I understand that another man who came in with Jesus introduced him to Fred. If you know this story, I would be grateful if you would sent me details.

      Thank you,

      David Gentle

    • I have spoken about fred at huntercoume Prison where I believe he once preached I wold love to hear from you love jan

    • It is wonderful that your father got saved, did you?

      I do NOT believe that he met the Lord Jesus personally. The reaon is that NO such appearence is recorded in scripture. Paul’s experience was “a great light”, quite different from just meeting someone!

      Matthew 24 insists that the Lord’s coming will be something far more than him just coming into his cell or living room etc. So I do NOT believe this story.

      One big question I have, did all Fred’s children get saved? Also, which group of saints did he gather with, Baptists, Pentecostals, Brethren?

      I am very concerned about this issue as my mother in S. Devon believes the Lord visited her as well. I refuse her story.

      Kind regards,

      Jerry Mott


  5. Hi, I have just been talking to my mum about your dad’s book. My grandad read it many years ago and became a Christian through it, just before he died. My mum is reading it now and then will pass it on to me.

  6. I was a Met police officer and along with many officers, of all ranks, knew Fred as a friend. I stayed with him and Doris in their home in Southampton and he stayed with us in London. he was the same in the home as on the platform speaking. Though living in Australia when he went to be with his Lord I missed him and felt a sense of loss. One big, humble, genuine man of God.

  7. I was a bad lad in the mid eighties and was incarcerated in a boys home called North-brook School in Exeter, Fred came to give us a talk about his wayward life and his experiences as a convict, and the eventual realization that his life could change after the meeting with angels at his lowest time, in that hell hole they called Dartmoor. He touched my life that day and was a constant reminder to me that there could be a different path to be taken at my darkest times, I am 46 years old now with a beautiful family, a good job, and a future, and although the real catalyst for the change in my life is my wife, Kids, and hard work, I will never forget his story, God bless you Fred, I will never forget your name. I am not religious, but I believe in the power of people changing for the good, all we ever really want in life is love and happiness.

  8. My mum got to know Fred’s amazing sister, and we would pick her up every Sunday morning, in the early 1980s, to take her to church, as she lived 100 yards down the road from us in Woodford Green, Essex. Hers, too, became a wonderful testimony.

  9. I have just finished Freds book Breakout. What an amazing and beautiful book. I am hoping to read his others and as I understand his wife wrote a book too. This book is a hidden treasure and has really helped me.@June Lemon your dads faith is still touching lives today. Xx

    • David, yes Dad did tell me the story and he said the other two who came into the prison cell with Jesus were angels, the story is written in Dad’s books

  10. I heard Fred share his testimony in 1979 whilst I was an inmate at Portland Borstal. On the 10th May 1984 I was converted to faith in Christ whilst in Stafford Prison. I remember Fred and his testimony of having seen Christ with his own eyes. I was a little doubtful of that possibility, until the day it pleased the Father to save me for Himself.

  11. I was a Prison Visitor at Dartmoor prison when Fred came to faith in Christ, and I can testify that prisoners and prison staff alike were amazed at the transformation that took place in his life. He really was a living testimony to the power of the risen Christ to change people’s lives. He spent a glorious weekend with my wife and I, and brought along two tear- aways who were running away from the police. Fred then took them back to his own home so that he could “tell them all about Jesus”. Christ was so real to Fred, and he was a living testimony to the change that faith in Christ can produce. I bow my head in gratitude to God for the day i first met Fred Lemon. John J. Jones

  12. I have some recordings of Fred preaching and praying. My Grandad gave them to me on tapes from his time with Fred. I can convert them to MP3 if anyone would like a copy, feel free to email me at

  13. I met and heared Fred’s Testimony in The Glass house Colchester(1988),It brought me to realise my need for Jesus,it took a while for all of the lords plan to work through,as he’s still working today,but i’ll always be eternally greatful for Fred’s story and i’ve since given his Book to many people whom i’ve since had the pleasure to tell my testimony.
    Thanks for the news x

  14. Hi, I am Fred’s daughter and loved reading all your comments. My Dad went to his reward in 1999, he is still missed so much by me and all his family. So thankyou all for your lovely words.

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