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Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III

Wednesday, July 22th  

Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III was born in Dallas. He graduated from Bishop College in Dallas, TX with honors in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Religion and English. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2005, he received his Doctorate in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation where he was afforded the opportunity to study at Christ Church, Oxford University in Oxford, England. His dissertation reflects his commitment to faith-based social activism, “To Turn The World Upside Down: Church Growth In A Church Committed to Social Justice.”

Dr. Haynes accepted the call to become Senior Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in 1983. Since then the church has grown numerically and in ministry to the Dallas community and around the world. Friendship-West has moved three times under his leadership in order to accommodate its growth. When Friendship-West moved to its Kiest location, it moved to a community characterized by crime and violence. Dr. Haynes led Friendship-West to work with local officials and neighborhood groups in such a way that the community experienced a slashing of the crime rate, and the neighborhood association was organized and headquartered at Friendship-West. Many city services came to the area, that had been historically neglected and underserved, and the community was transformed.

Dr. Haynes has received numerous awards and honors for his ministry and activism. Ebony Magazine named him to its Power 100 list of most influential African Americans in 2012. He has been inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. He was honored to give remarks at the memorial service of one of the most respected world leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries, President Nelson Mandela. This privilege was even more special because it took place in the same sanctuary that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his very last sermon, the Washington National Cathedral.

Dr. Haynes is the author of “Healing Our Broken Village,” which seeks to address the issues that have contributed to broken communities and lives. He also authored “Soul Fitness,” an inspirational and motivational daily devotional.

Dr. Haynes is married to Debra Peek-Haynes, Founder and President of Quorum Commercial, a commercial real estate firm. They are the proud parents of Abeni Jewel Haynes.