Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III is the Lead Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. His area of focus is the homiletics and rhetoric of Black preaching and social justice preaching, especially from an Afrocentric perspective. He’s also interested in the Black preaching tradition of Bishop College. For his dissertation, Frederick is focusing on the Woke Preaching of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. He intends to define “woke” and woke preaching and illustrate it with an analysis of the preaching and Afro-prophetic rhetoric of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
He chose the CTS PhD program because of his love and appreciation for the art and genius of Black preaching. He’s grateful to be a part of the rich African American preaching tradition and wants to learn as much about it as possible, while also making a contribution to the field of study. He also believes the program provides an opportunity to connect Afrocentrism and Black and African history to the art of preaching.
His recent accomplishments include:
- Presenting his paper “The Black Prophet and the White Press: An Afrocentric Analysis of the Prophetic Rhetoric of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. at the National Press Club” at Duquesne University for the COMM Ethics Conference on a panel “The Ethics of the Black Preaching Tradition”
- Presented his paper “An Open Letter to the Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams: A Prescription for Healing our Black Communities” at Hawaii International STEM/STEAM Arts, Sciences and Education Conference
- Being inducted into the Wyatt Tee Walker Social Justice Society of Preachers and Prophetic Witnesses at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
- Being inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame
- Being inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame