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Pastor Robyn Moore

Rev. Dr. Robyn Moore

Understanding God’s call and purpose for her own life, The Rev. Dr. Robyn Diane Moore began her ministry with the completion of a ten-month extensive training (2002) and ordination to the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church Diaconate Ministry. She was later licensed and ordained to ministry both under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Charles Gilchrist Adams during October 2008/09. Rev. Moore served as Youth/Young Adult Minister and Pulpit/Worship Liturgist, as well as one of ‘a six-minister staff team’ for six years at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church supporting the senior pastor. Additionally, Rev. Moore has served as an interim pastor for First Congregational UCC, Wyandotte, MI and provided many congregations with consulting work on church growth and new ministry development. On December 8, 2018, Rev. Moore received her call to Pastor, First Baptist Institutional Baptist Church in Detroit. Rev. Moore preached her first sermon as the 13th and first female pastor in its 101 years of history on December 31, 2018. 

Reverend Moore, also referred to sometimes as Rev. Robyn, is afforded many opportunities to being committed, obedient and faithful to her ministry. The focus of her ministry is based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and vs.13 where Paul teaches the importance of love just as Christ loved us. Moreover, she is passionate about sharing the gospel with those who feel disconnected or who are unaware of God’s true presence. Often gathering people of all ages in her home to encourage embracing the Gospel, Rev. Moore believes ‘you must meet people where they are, then nurture and guide them to see God’s true purpose’.

As a graduate of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS), Rev. Moore holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from this esteemed institution. Rev. Moore’s passion for young adults led to her research and dissertation titled: Broken Chains: Reconnecting Links of Young Adults to Church Worship and was successfully defended during March 2016. She was employed with Xerox Corporation nearly twenty-nine years but has been led by the Holy Spirit to transition into full time ministry.

Inclusive of many affiliations Rev. Moore is involved in, she is passionate about her work within the Interfaith Communities including Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity and African American/Jewish Women Alliance. She has served in the following areas of ministry: Vice-President at Large for Congress of Christian Education for Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention; Regional and National levels of Progressive National Baptist Convention; both in Christian Education and the Clergy Women’s Division; American Baptist Churches of Michigan Regional Board; Chairperson of Family Ministry Team; and a current Board Member of the Detroit Baptist Union. Rev. Moore has recently been installed as the President of American Baptist Churches of Michigan Executive Board. Likewise, Rev. Moore is a selected member of three cohorts, ABC – In Support of Excellence, Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies (Lily Foundation) and the Ashland Theological Seminary – Thriving Church Ministers. She serves on the Board of Directors for Hope for America, a non-profit that exposes youth to skilled trades through pre-apprenticeship programs.

 

Rev.  Moore is the President of Resurrection Community Development Corporation that is missioned to improve economic development and increase purposeful and positive community involvement of all ages. Under her leadership, FBIC launches its first resource center serving the community with an expanded food pantry, reading-math-financial literacy, youth tutorial. and complete senior citizen programing. 

 

Rev. Moore has received numerous nominations and awards including the 2013-15 ETS Women in Leadership, 2016 Nominee for Dean of the Chapel of Spelman College, and 2019 Who’s Who in Black Detroit Honoree. During March 2020, Rev. Moore launched “Black Women Count” based on James 3:13-18 that provides a platform for hearing the sacred voice and recognizing the contributions of African American Women; but more importantly, encouraging the vision and goals of black women during National Women’s Month.

 

Through pastoral care, Reverend Moore enjoys helping others have clear communications with God by cultivating, inspiring, and encouraging them. She loves walking in the early morning hours where she can meditate, give praise, and pray to the Almighty God. On a personal note, Rev. Moore is passionate about her shoe shopping, learning ballroom/hustle dancing, and limited bowling skills; but most importantly spending time with her three millennial-age children, Alyson (D’Andre), Dean II, and Alexis, as well as her first grandchild, Jayce Ramon.

Monthly Reflection

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

 

In the book of Colossians 2:6-7, Paul wanted them to continue to live for Christ after they accepted him as their Savior. He knew the key was for them to keep growing in their faith. For this to happen, they had to be rooted in the Word of God and established in their faith so that they could endure what was ahead. We need to keep growing as well. So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.

Grow Closer to Jesus

We should never stop growing as Christians. Our lives should go deeper in our knowledge of Christ and grow closer to him. It is both an upward and downward work. If you imagine a tree, it is continuously growing towards the sun and sending its roots deeper into the ground. Both serve a purpose in the health of the tree.

Reach Upwards

Reach upward towards Christ. We want to get closer to him so that we can live in him. This happens when we pray. Our communication with the Lord is essential to our life in him. We need to talk to him on a daily basis. We also need to trust him. He has our best interests in his heart and leads us on the best path. Just as a tree grows upward we want to stretch towards the life-giving Son.

Go Deeper

Next, we need to establish a healthy root system. This happens as we draw from the water of the word. The Bible is our daily food. It’s where we go for instruction and wisdom for daily life. Neglecting it starves our soul and recedes our growth. The more we put into our heart, the deeper our roots go. That may not seem significant, but the next time a storm blows through your life you will be thankful for a deep root system.

Be Grateful

Finally, we need to be filled with gratitude. Be thankful for what Christ has done for you. When was the last time you wrote down all the blessings God has bestowed upon you? Start your day by thanking him for all that he has done for you. It will infuse your day with the right attitude and protect you from the negativity.

 

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