Pastor Melvin Robinson, with his wife, Cheryl, celebrated his 10th year as pastor of Masterâ€™s Child Church in District Heights, Md. Photo by Ed Laiscell
When Melvin Robinson, Jr., had to assume the pastorate of the Masterâ€™s Child Church 10 years ago at age 31, it was a fledgling congregation of 45 men and women who expressed their dedication to â€œseeking to grow in the grace and knowledge of Godâ€. Initially, Robinson expressed â€œreluctanceâ€ about accepting the leadership of the ministry that his father, Bishop Melvin Robinson Sr., had founded 19 years earlier.
â€œMy father had already told me about the call on my life. I didnâ€™t see it, but he saw it,â€ Robinson said.
Today, the Masterâ€™s Child Church has a membership of 700 and occupies a 19,000 square foot building in District Heights, Md. More than 800 people gathered in the churchâ€™s sanctuary on Sun., July 19 to celebrate with Bishop Robinson on his 10th anniversary as pastor.