Rev. Dobynes (center) and his family


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Pastor Aaron L. Dobynes, Sr.

The Rev. Dr. Aaron L. Dobynes, Sr., began his service as Shiloh's tenth pastor on June 1, 2014.

Pastor Dobynes has been a senior pastor for 25 years. During those years, he has served churches in Virginia, Alabama, and Louisiana. From 2002 through 2014, he was senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Pastor Dobynes is married and has five children. His wife, Ginger Dobynes, is a high school social studies teacher who has been active with youth at their church.

Their oldest son, Aaron Jr., is currently a teacher and preacher in Florida, but he hopes to start soon in the Master of Divinity program at the Virginia Union University School of Theology. Their oldest daughter, Andrea, is a graduate student at the University of Alabama. Next are Austin and Alanna. Austin is a student at Grambling State University in Louisiana. Alanna is a student at Miles College in Birmingham. Their youngest, Alexis, is in eighth grade.

Pastor Dobynes is a native of Alabama. His father is a retired pastor. His mother is a retired librarian.

Pastor Dobynes attended high school in Selma and earned a B.S. degree in psychology at the University of Alabama. He received his Master of Divinity from the Virginia Union University School of Theology and his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is passionate about black history and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, concentrating on the study of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to pastoring and participating in a variety of civic and community activities, Pastor Dobynes has served as executive vice-president of Selma University, president of the Shreveport Baptist Ministers Conference, continuing education professor at Southern University in Shreveport, 2013 Founders Day speaker at Virginia Union University, and 2013 Martin Luther King Day speaker at Langley Air Force Base.

He has been a writer and editor of Sunday school materials, and is a frequent speaker at revivals and conferences.

The Rev. Dr. A. Lincoln James, an adjunct professor at Virginia Union University’s School of Theology and the senior pastor of Richmond’s Trinity Baptist Church, has described the Rev. Aaron L. Dobynes as “a real people person” and “a consensus builder,” someone who gently leads his congregation through thoughtful preaching and sensitive pastoral care. According to Dr. James, Rev. Dobynes works well with all kinds of people and “does not think of himself as being above anyone else.” He is a person of “great integrity” who keeps up with current trends in ministry.

Dr. Grady Powell, one of Petersburg’s most honored African American leaders, has said that he gives Rev. Dobynes an A+ both for his preaching and for his ability to communicate biblical teachings in ways that anyone can understand. According to Dr. Powell, Rev. Dobynes is able to relate to and interact with people of all ages.