- Faith & Family
A man stood on the side of the road with his jumper cables, a few days ago. He hopelessly watched as several cars passed by, wishing that someone would stop and help him jump start his car.
Finally a man did. He thanked the good Samaritan and said “you must be a man of God?”
Rev. John Robinson, pastor of Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church, said “I’m a servant of God.”
Robinson’s church members would agree. Not only does he focus on serving others, but he preaches “the truth” and goes where God leads him.
“He’s a well-rounded pastor,” Deaconess Sarah C. Collie, said. “He’s out of the pulpit, in the kitchen, outside and in the community.”
Church members said he is a” jack of all trades” and has helped them fix things around their homes and has even helped to fix their cars.
Along with mechanical work and carpentry, sometimes the pastor, a former restaurant owner, cooks for church events and fulfills other duties.
“God blessed me with many different gifts and talents,” Robinson said. “As a servant, I use them to help other people that need them.”
Robinson, who was born in Gaines, Georgia, moved to Florida after serving in The United States Marine Corps. He received his minister’s license in 1977 under the leadership of The Holy Ghost Church of Christ, Inc. After getting married, he started worshiping at Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where his wife was a member. He and wife, Patricia, are the parents of five adult children and have two grandchildren. After working as associate minister under the late Rev. Artis Perkins, four years ago, he became the pastor at Valley Grove.
Robinson’s desire is to get people saved, do the Lord’s will and to teach them “the truth.” He said when you know the truth, you know Jesus Christ, what He died for and you understand His written word.
Robinson teaches his congregation to serve God and love their fellow man and remind them that Jesus told us to keep the first and second commandments, “for on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”.
He believes that everyone should know the truth and have the choice of whether to live by it or not. He said mentioning Luke 12:47-48.
“A lot of people in the church are bound and don’t really know the truth,” he said. “That’s the only thing that can set us free.”
Who’s your pastor? Has he biblically led your church and mentored you as a spiritual father? Should he be The Miami Times next Pastor Of The Week? Tell us why. Contact Malika A. Wright, Faith and Family editor, at Mwright@miamitimesonline.com or 305-694-6216.
By Malika A. Wright