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Pastor Robyn Moore

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The Reverend Dr. Robyn Diane Moore serves as the 12th and first female pastor of the 105-yr-old Historic First Baptist Institutional Church (FBIC), Detroit, MI. Retired after 29 years with Xerox Corporation, Rev. Moore’s full-time ministry actively involves: 1) pastoring, 2) Christian education, 3) women’s ministry and 4) prison ministry. To that regard, Rev. Moore is an advocate and trainer throughout the United States. She assists with the implementation of new prison ministries in local churches with a specific focus on financial literacy and job readiness. 


Rev. Moore holds positions that involve working with the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) serving in the following areas:

  • the immediate past State-level Vice President- At Large of the Congress of Christian Education.

  • currently, on the State and Midwest Regional: Chairperson of the Clergy Women Division, and as the second vice-president of the Regional Congress of Christian Education

  • as a national Board Member of the Congress of Christian  Education, and the national co-chair of Prison Ministry.

Likewise, Rev. Moore has actively worked with the American Baptist Churches of Michigan in the following areas:

  • immediate past president of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan

  • and, as the current chaplain for American Baptist Women of Michigan. 

Rev. Moore is the Chairperson of Resurrection Community Development Corporation (RCDC), a 501c3 affiliation of FBIC whose mission is to offer community programs, resources, and economic development in Detroit. She serves on the Board of Directors for Hope for America, a non-profit that exposes youth to skilled trades through pre-apprenticeship programs. In 2021, Rev. Moore launched the FBIC Resource Center to address the personal and financial needs to surrounding communities. 


Rev. Moore holds a Master of Divinity and an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, successfully defending the dissertation, Broken Chains: Reconnecting Young Adults to Church Worship, a study specific to engaging the millennial generation in the local church. She has taught workshops/courses at Ashland Theological Seminary. She has served on the Board of Directors and as a guest lecturer at Ecumenical Theological Seminary. 


She is a 2020 graduate of the “In Support of Excellence” Program through American Baptist Churches-USA. She has successfully completed the Ashland Theological Seminary, “Thriving Church Ministries” and the Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies in 2021. Rev. Moore completed the Sojourner Truth – Racial Policing Program in collaboration with the Howard University, School of Divinity in 2021. 


Among many, it should be noted that she has been awarded the ETS Women in Leadership Award (2012-2016), and the inaugural recipient of the Detroit Baptist Union-Donald Mayberry Award in 2013. She was a 2018 Nominee for Dean of the Spelman College Chapel. Rev. Moore was recognized as a Michigan Chronicle 2020 Who’s Who in Black Detroit Honoree. She was inducted to the Top Ladies of Distinction, Detroit Chapter and Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence, both in 2021. In the very near future, she will be the first to receive the inaugural “Good Shepherd” Award, given as the highest honor to a religious leader by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.


Rev. Moore truly believes her ministry is centered on this statement, “you must meet people where they are, then nurture and guide them to see God’s true purpose”. Aside from ministry, she is passionate about morning walks, bowling and studying God’s Word. Rev. Moore has three children, one son-in-law and three grandchildren.

Pastoral 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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