Black History Month will be celebrated at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during a special chapel service in Truett Auditorium starting at 10:50 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 22. The chapel sermon will be preached by Haywood Robinson III, pastor of The People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md. The service is free and the public and media are welcome.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Robinson is the son of the late Dr. Haywood Robinson, Jr.,  who was a renowned religious figure, civil rights leader and community activist in the Lynchburg area for more than 35 years and pastored Diamond Hill Baptist Church. 

Robinson III became the second pastor of The People’s Community Baptist Church in 2005, succeeding the church’s late founder Dr. T.J. Baltimore. Before that, Robinson had been the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., for 16 years. Robinson has witnessed for Christ and preached the gospel throughout the United States and overseas in Ghana, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and India.

According to the church’s Web site,, through his years of ministry Robinson has been a ministry leader at the national and international levels. His service has included serving on the board of directors of the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry; elected first vice president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Baltimore and vicinity; being statistician of the United Baptist Missionary Convention; serving on the board of directors of the Associated Black Charities (Md.); president of the American Baptist Missions Center, Baltimore Board of Directors, Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary; service as interim president of the United Baptist College and Seminary; and being an advisor to local college student ministries as part of the Campus Crusade for Christ.  

Robinson received his undergraduate education at Hampton University in Virginia, where he majored in music education. In 1985 he received a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral theology from Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Md. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Christian education from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., in 1988.

Southwestern Seminary’s chapel services are held during the semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 10:50 a.m. (CST) in Truett Auditorium. Chapel is always free and open to the public and media. For those with Internet access, chapel services can be viewed live on streaming video through the seminary’s Web site, Archived Flash Media and MP3 recordings of chapel sermons, directions to the seminary, and the schedule for other chapel speakers can also be accessed through the seminary’s Web site.