We welcome Dr. Frederick Haynes, III to the Metropolitan Pulpit. Watch LIVE!
On November 10, 1960, Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III was born in Dallas, TX to the late Rev. Frederick D. Haynes, Jr. and Lynetta Haynes-Oliver. After experiencing racism in the segregated south Dr. Haynes’ father decided it was best to move his family to San Francisco where his father, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes Sr., pastored the historic Third Baptist Church. In San Francisco, both Dr. Haynes’ father and grandfather led ministries that were socially conscious and active in the community. At the age of 14, Dr. Haynes’ life took a drastic turn when his father passed away on his first day of high school. Following his father’s death, Haynes encountered many difficulties but with the help of mentors, family and God, he was able to overcome every obstacle. Despite being discouraged by a teacher’s negative assessment of his academic ability, he was one of three valedictory speakers when he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. Dr. Haynes continued his education at Bishop College in Dallas, TX and graduated, with honors in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Religion and English. He became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. while at Bishop. 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.