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Our Pastor

Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III
Senior Pastor

Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to 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 in Dallas, Texas. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.

Dr. Haynes was born in Dallas, TX and grew up in San Francisco, California. He is the grandson and son of socially conscious and active pastors. He attended public schools in the Bay Area and was one of three valedictory speakers when he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. Haynes 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. In 2005, he earned a 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.

Since Dr. Haynes accepted the call to become Senior Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, the church has grown numerically and in ministry to the Dallas community and around the world. Friendship-West has moved three times under the leadership of 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, again, 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 in order 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 16-19. 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 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, Texas where he has also served as an adjunct professor.

The community outreach of Dr. Haynes has created opportunities for him to address large audiences via radio. He hosted Freddy Haynes Unscripted; the tag line was “edutainment for community empowerment” on Radio One’s 94.5, KSOUL, a local radio show in Dallas. The show debuted at number one in its time slot in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He gave the “Inspirational Vitamin” as the concluding voice on K104’s Skip Murphy Morning Show for over 7 years and for 10 years has given the message on the Praise Break for the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show, reaching over 70 cities. It should be noted that both of these shows have a hip hop radio format, but because of the ability of Haynes to reach young people, he was asked to give inspirational messages during these shows.

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. 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. The Congressional Black Caucus honored Haynes by having him serve as the featured speaker at its’ Annual Prayer Breakfast in 2011, a prestigious honor. These are just a few of the significant honors, which are in the hundreds, bestowed upon Haynes for his servant leadership.

haynes_familyDr. 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.