Hawkins, TX – Jarvis Christian College is pleased to announce that Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, will give the keynote address during the John D. Mangram Ministers Conference on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall of Smith-Howard Chapel.
Dr. Haynes is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, educator, and eloquent orator. He is engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice, promoting economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities, and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For 31 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000 members today.
Friendship-West Baptist Church has moved three times under the leadership of Dr. Haynes 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.
Friendship-West outgrew the Kiest location and moved to its’ present site on Wheatland Road; the Kiest location has been transformed into the Frederick Douglass Human Services and Justice Center. As the name suggests, the church continues to address the ills and meet the needs of the local community. After trips to Zimbabwe and South Africa, Haynes led Friendship-West to adopt churches in both countries. The Emmanuel Baptist church has been able to build a worship facility, school and health clinic because of the generosity of Friendship-West. Dr. Haynes went to Haiti in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in 2010 and Friendship-West adopted a village and has created water resources through wells that have been constructed through the generosity of Friendship-West.
Dr. Haynes is a committed community activist who has formed alliances with local community leaders and Dallas city officials to fight domestic violence and poverty by organizing a Faith Summit on Poverty. He has worked with the Center for Responsible Lending in order to fight economic predators in Texas and across the nation that engage in predatory lending. Dr. Haynes is frequently invited to the White House to address issues ranging from the state of the economy to voting and civil rights. He was publicly applauded by President Barack Obama for the THRIVE Leadership and Internship program that began in the summer of 2014, employing nearly 100 young Black males between the ages of 16 and 19. The young men interned with local businesses and the church and were paid $10 an hour while working, receiving mentoring, touring colleges and universities, and engaging in community service.
Dr. Haynes is committed to education and has led Friendship-West to donate over a million dollars to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and over 2 million dollars in scholarship aid to students who are members of the church and community.
As a reflection of Dr. Haynes’ commitment to community transformation and social consciousness, he serves in various leadership capacities in organizations that champion social change and education. He serves as chairman of the board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a national organization of pastors, activists and leaders committed to social justice. He is on the board of the Conference of National Black Churches and the National Action Network. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Paul Quinn College in Dallas where he has also served as an adjunct professor.
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. Dr. Haynes 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. The Congressional Black Caucus honored Haynes by having him serve as the featured speaker at its’ Annual Prayer Breakfast in 2011, a prestigious honor.
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 was born in Dallas, TX and grew up in San Francisco, CA. He is the grandson and son of socially conscious and active pastors. He graduated with honors from Bishop College in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Religion and English. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and, in 2005, earned a Doctorate in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation where he studied at Christ Church, Oxford University in Oxford England.
The John D. Mangram Ministers Conference honors the legacy of the late Dr. John Mangrum, a 1945 Jarvis graduate. Dr. Mangram taught for many years at Bishop College in Dallas and, in his role as Professor of Religion, trained many distinguished preachers. He became affectionately known as the “Teacher of Preachers” for his questioning and provoking approach to education. The conference is presented as continuing education for ministers and provides scholarship support for worthy students.
Jarvis Christian College is the sole historically Black liberal arts, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Located in Hawkins, Texas, the mission of the college is to prepare students intellectually, socially, spiritually and personally to function effectively in a global and technological society, to pursue professional and graduate studies, or to begin satisfying and productive careers.