Pastor Robyn Moore

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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

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)

Why do we often settle for less? There are many areas of our lives, whether professionally, relationally, or spiritually, where we want more, but we settle for less. For instance, many of us will go to a restaurant and order our food, but we might get something different from what we wanted. When this happens, we won’t say anything to the others at the table or to the waitress. We will just eat what was served to us and therefore settle for less.

Sadly, many of us take the same approach when it comes to our spiritual lives. We settle for less when God has more for us. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He did not come so that we would settle for less than His best. 

If we really want to experience God’s best for our lives, and live in the abundance Jesus is promising, we must ask Him to give us a hunger for His best. 

Jesus said if we want something according to His will and we ask for it, He will give it to us. If we go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to give us a hunger for His best, He will honor our request and give us that hunger and that desire.

Have you been settling for less than God’s best for you? Do you need a renewed desire for more of what God has for you? If that is the case for you, take the time right now to ask your Heavenly Father to fuel your hunger for more of Him. This is a prayer He would love to answer. 

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