Dr. Frederick D. Haynes honored with reception, Dr. Jeremiah Wright surprise guest
On Friday evening Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III was honored with a reception in celebration of his 25th Anniversary as Senior Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church. There were tributes, gifts, music, and an overall festive atmosphere at the event held in the Friendship-West Narthex.
Among the many well wishers present was Dr. Haynes’ mentor and friend Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. When Dr. Wright was introduced to the five hundred plus that were gathered, he was greeted with enthusiastic applause. It was good to see Dr. Wright with a smile on his face, and in an environment with people who love and appreciate him.
Also there to wish Dr. Haynes and Sister Debra Peek-Haynes well were Rep. Maxine Waters, State Senator Royce West, Pastor Curtis Wallace of Pilgrim’s Rest in Dallas, Dr. Haynes’ mother Lynetta Haynes-Oliver, and a host of other ministers, relatives and friends. Pastor James Fitzgerald served as emcee for the evening and the event was organized by Mrs. Brenda Kirk who lead a reception committee.
Dr. Haynes thanked those in attendance and invited everyone to come up so he could show his appreciation to them. “I just love to shake hands with ya’ll,” Dr. Haynes said. And he did just that, shaking hands with everyone who came through the receiving line, just like he does each Sunday.