2009 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
|Mobile||Dr. Henry W. Roberts, II
Word of Life Community Church
Dr. Henry W. Roberts, II contributes greatly to his community both as an individual and as the pastor of the Word of Life Community Church, which he describes as a need-meeting church. Dr. Roberts founded the now-annual "Stop the Madness Rally" in response to the increase of violent acts among the youth within the African-American community. The rally is held at a local park and is used as a platform to reach and advise youth that violence is never the answer for the issues that confront them. Hundreds of people attend and are treated to various fun-filled activities geared towards fostering a greater understanding and respect for each other. Several community leaders, including pastors, city council members, and public school administrators, participate in providing encouragement and support for this outreach event.
Dr. Roberts utilizes various ministries to provide relief and assistance that ignite hope throughout the community. He established a food and clothing bank in order to serve people who have little or no resources to afford these basic staples. Under his guidance, the following outreach ministries have been implemented to address other much-needed services: a child care center; a free tutoring program for all ages; an adult education program geared toward enabling individuals to obtain their high school diplomas or GEDs; and a leadership academy. He is also respected and well-known in the law enforcement community as a result of weekly visits to inmates who are incarcerated in Mobile Metro Jail. During his visits, he expounds upon the merits of becoming and remaining productive and viable citizens upon their release.
He has been described as having an impeccable work ethic and integrity. His spirit of excellence is evident in every facet of his ministry and community outreach initiatives. “He serves as a benchmark for other organizations,” said fellow colleague Dr. Fred Primm, Jr.
Dr. Roberts is a native of Mobile and graduate of McGill-Toolen High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts/communications from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry and PhD in religious philosophy from Friends International Christian University. Dr. Roberts has also served in the Mobile County Public School System as a special education instructor.