Pastor Profile: Rev. Tyron Robinson
Tyron Delbert Robinson
Church: Pilgrim’s Hope Baptist Church
Years Preaching: 25
Education: University of California at Berkley
Wife & Children: Jasmine Morton-Robinson, four children
How did you come to accept the call on your life?
It was over a series of time. I’d go to church and really enjoyed everything about church as a child and it just came. Some days I started recognizing the voice of God speaking to me early on and then I was about 13-years-old singing in church and it was clear as day to me that there’s something more to this than just participating in the choir or helping around the church. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started and pastored my first church when I was 24 in 2000.
How did you come to start your own church?
I knew that there was an executive spot for me at some point, but I didn’t go running after it. Instead I was working with other people until it came down to this is my time, —it’s now or never. I had a group of people supporting me and the call of God, so I took a shot. It didn’t start off pretty.
I jumped off the cliff on the 4th Sunday in August 2000 at a hotel in Westchester with an intimate group of people. To be very honest, that first church did not survive.
Anybody that says that they had it all together on day one—I don’t want to call anyone a liar—but that first year of pastoring was very difficult, but I’ve never looked back though and as of today, I’ve been pastoring 17 years.
What were the challenges?
I was newly married and my personal life was in disarray. I’d graduated from college and knew the call of God was on my life, but personally I had some lose ends that needed tying up in the process of trying to manifest the call of God. Looking back, I can say that was a process He [God] was taking me through, not to mention just being a first-time pastor and starting a church.
Your first time out is like starting a business. You had to have ministry, money and members. I had big ministry ideas, but I didn’t have the money I needed and I had only a handful of members.
How did you overcome those challenges?
Lots of prayer, practice and patience. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve learned the secret of: you make the mistake, you mourn the mistake, then you get up and by faith move on. Making mistakes is inevitable, but once the mourning period is over, you have to be willing to reinvent yourself and try again.
Who has most influenced your preaching style?
Bishops Paul S. Morton, Clarence McClendon, the late Bishop Miquail Broadus and Dr. C. L. Franklin have really influenced me over the past 25 years and one of them is currently my father-in-law.
I pride myself on being a student of the word of God, so when you say, “influencing my preaching” it’s not just that I get their tape and starting preaching like they preach, their style of delivery, decorum, their discipline. I’ve had the opportunity to personally meet and know all but one, which is Dr. C.L. Franklin, who passed when I was a little boy but I never wanted to imitate any of them as much as I could help it, but there’s an impartation there —something that has been deposited into the way I do the word of God.
How does it feel to be the son-in-law of Bishop Paul Morton?
I just got married on March 31, 2017, but it feels normal. We are regular people. Of course, it has its moments when it’s surreal considering that he’s one of my preaching idols, and that he’s now family.
Have you been in church all your life?
I joke about it, but the truth of the matter is, I was born on a Sunday and all I know is church on Sunday. The church has been the rock of my life as God has opened doors for me to be able to experience a lot of things both nationwide and worldwide.
What would you say is a recurring theme?
The supernatural healing power of God. He’s able to heal. He’s able to save. He’s able to deliver supernaturally and that this is the benefit of being a part of his kingdom. If you look me up on Instagram, I have three I use repetitively: #IPreachGrace, #IPreachHope and #InTheKing-dom. When you put the three together you get a glimpse of what my assignment is to the body of Christ; to preach grace and hope in the context of the Kingdom of God and that God is able to heal no matter what is going on.
What do you hope to accomplish at Pilgrim’s Hope?
To become the force of hope on the east side of south LA. That when people come to our church, they will connect to the spirit of God, grow in the things of God and become healthy functional contributors.
I’ve only been at this church since November of 2015, so I’ve been working overtime and in overdrive giving the church an opportunity to discover my heart for God and for loving people. Right now, we’ve been doing everything possible to build the spirit of the church. The predominate focus has been reaching people inside the church who’ve been displaced or fallen through the cracks and helping them to become spiritually healthy so that they can connect or reconnect with the reality of God. Then we will be able to effectively outreach to the community.
What do you believe is your biggest strength?
The ability to translate complexities about the mind of God, and then love the people into accepting the fact that as believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are supposed to take on His mindset about everything going on in this world. That takes a degree of learning on the part of people and it takes a degree of loving on the part of the pastor, so you’ve got this learning and loving going on.
How has it been adjusting to this congregation?
I was a praying man in the four churches I pastored, but this church has made me a more intense man of prayer because I had to become totally different to allow God to use me to meet the needs of the people here.
Would the colleagues you went to school with be surprised to find out that you’re a pastor?
Actually, on Facebook, about two months ago, some of my high school classmates chimed in on a ministry post I made and I was totally blown away to hear them say, ‘we knew it all along’.
was having identity issues in high school—couldn’t figure it out, couldn’t get it right. The only thing I could get right were my grades and athletics. I knew I loved playing football, had a passion for baseball and I always wanted to make good grades because I compete against myself. (It’s my thing, I don’t like to compete against other people). But here it is 25 years later and these guys were saying we knew it all along.