The Rev. Regan Robinson, MBA, Pastor of St. John Baptist Church will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming “Remembrance Tribute: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later” to be held at First Baptist Church, 626 West 21st Avenue, in Gary on March 24, 12 p.m. Noon.
The Katie Hall Educational Foundation and the City of Gary Human Relations Commission will co-host the Ecumenical Service on the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the evening of April 4, 1968, Dr. King was mortally wounded as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was in Memphis to assist the City’s sanitation workers, who were seeking better working conditions in the form of the “I Am A Man” campaign.
Pastor Regan Eugene Robinson is the second son of three children born to (the late) Winfred J. Robinson and Vicki L. Brown-Robinson of Hammond, Indiana. He is a product of the Hammond Public School system, graduating from Hammond High with honors. Simultaneously, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his senior year in high School, he answered the divine call to the gospel ministry.
Subsequently, Pastor Robinson sought to cultivate his spiritual gifts through academic concentration by enrolling in the American Baptist Theological Seminary Extension Program of East Chicago, Indiana. On December 27, 1996, he was licensed by the New Community Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Shortly after, the Lord opened another door of opportunity that would allow Pastor Robinson to enter into full-time ministry by working full-time on the church staff at the Messiah Missionary Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana as the Youth Minister. While serving as Youth Minister, Pastor Robinson also attended Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI), majoring in Sociology and Philosophy and graduating with honors in 2001. Immediately thereafter, Pastor Robinson was promoted to Assistant Pastor and Business Administrator of the Messiah Church and continued his education, securing his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003.
Pastor Robinson’s preaching gifts and love for the Lord has allowed him to serve in various areas of ministry, including serving as Chaplain for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department from 2010 – 2012. He returned to Northwest Indiana in 2012 and served as the Assistant Pastor of St. Timothy Community Church. In August of 2015, Rev. Robinson was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of St. John Baptist Church of Gary, IN, where he continues to encourage the people of God and serve this present age with both insight and inspiration.
Pastor Robinson is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Baptist Ministers Conference of Gary & Vicinity. He also sits on several boards in his community including The Urban League, The Gary Literacy Coalition, The Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance, The Northwest Indiana Leadership Council and The Love for Jalyn Foundation. He has also served on the board for the Tobacco Coalition of Northwest Indiana and The Fuller Center for Housing, and has served as the Grand Chaplain for the Indiana Jurisdiction of Prince Hall Affiliated Masons.
Pastor Robinson is married to the former ReNae T. Johnson and they have two children, Reid Anthony and Riley James.
Rev. Robinson’s scriptural text for the keynote address can be found in Amos 5:24, one of Dr. King’s favorite scriptures and referenced in both “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” and his world famous speech, “I Have A Dream.”
There is no cost to attend the Ecumenical Service, which is free and open to the general public.