Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. Richard B. Haynes
Pastor Richard B. Haynes is a native of Gainesville, Georgia. The son of a Baptist Minister, he has been in service for the Lord all of his life. He accepted the call to preach the gospel in 1981 under the pastorate of Doctor Winfred Hope at Ebenezer Baptist Church West, Athens, Georgia.
He then served as Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, Comer, Georgia for eight years. For two of the eight years he ministered in Comer, he was also called to the headship of Springfield Baptist Church, Lula, Georgia.
He is past president of the Ninth District of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, past Chaplain for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and past Director of the Statewide Minister’s Convention for the state of Georgia.
In 1988, Dr. Haynes was called to Pastor Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia, where he has served for the past twenty one years. Under Pastor Haynes’ spirit filled leadership the membership at Salem has increased from under 100 to over 4500 members, including 40 Associates Ministers. Salem is recognized as one of the oldest and largest African American congregations in Gwinnett County.
Pastor Haynes currently serves on the Gwinnett County Board of Education Advisory Board where he was instrumental in the recruitment of the first male African-American principal for Gwinnett County. In May 2003, he received a much deserved honorary doctorate from Antioch Baptist Bible College in Marietta, Georgia.
A kind, humble man of God, Pastor Haynes attributes all things to Christ. He resides in Lilburn, Georgia with his wife Beverly. They are the parents of three adult children, Sheena and Jayson (Quantrishia), and have three grandsons, Demetrious, Richard Benjamin and Jayson VaShon.