New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
First Family Biographies


Rev. David L. Roberson, D. Min.


The Reverend Dr. David L. Roberson was born in Moss Point, Mississippi to James T. Sr. and Mary L. Roberson. He was one of six children. He has been married to Reverend Catherine Roberson for thirty-two years together they have one daughter Crystal, and one son Justice.



Pastor Roberson completed his elementary and secondary education in Moss Point, Mississippi. Pastor Roberson earned an Associate Degree in 1974 from Wayne County Community College and four years later in 1978 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University. In 1988 Pastor Roberson received his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from the University of Detroit. He completed the requirements for “Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program” at The Ecumenical Theological Seminary in May of 2010. Pastor Roberson continued his attendance at The Ecumenical Theological Seminary obtaining his Doctorate of Ministry Degree in June of 2012.


Community Affiliations:

Pastor Roberson was featured as Pastor of the Week on WLQV 1500 AM radio in Detroit. In May of 2012, Pastor Roberson was appointed to the Oakland County Art Institute Authority where he holds the office of secretary. Pastor Roberson is also actively affiliated with the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit.


Spiritual Background:

Pastor Roberson was licensed to preach on May 20, 1980, and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry on May 20, 1983 at New Prospect Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan under the leadership of Reverend S. L. Whitney. He founded and organized the Spirit Filled Baptist Church in 1980 composed of approximately one hundred members.


In 1992, Pastor Roberson was called to minister at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Southfield, Michigan. God envisioned him with a seven point plan that would assist the church with its growth. One of Pastor Roberson’s favorite bible quotations is, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18. With the power of God, his vision has been unfolding daily as witnessed by the increasing growth in members. To accommodate the increase, a second Sunday service was started. Through God’s Grace, Pastor Roberson is providing spiritual training and teaching through Bible Study and inspiring members to work in God’s vineyard. Many additional ministries have been added at the suggestion of the pastor, such as Biblical Counseling, Spiritual Gifts, New Members Orientation, Boys II Men Mentoring, Christian Debutants, an Administrative Staff, Married Couples and a HIV/AIDS Awareness Ministry, Hype Hope Young Adult Ministries along with re-vitalizing our Youth Ministries as well as about (50) Fifty other active ministries to provide every member the opportunity to share their spiritual gifts with the congregation and the community.



As we go forward under the power of God and vision of Pastor Roberson, the seven-point plan for New Hope will be realized in the church and community as we begin to implement programs that will serve the needs of the members and surrounding communities. In closing, Dr. Roberson believes God is the God of consistency and order, not a God of chaos and confusion. We must have a firm grasp on existing and potential needs, conditions, opportunities, and barriers for our ministry here at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. We can dream the impossible dream, walk the impossible walk, and reach the impossible goal with God as our dream maker.



May God Bless You All Greatly,
David L. Roberson, D. Min.




Rev. Catherine Roberson, First Lady

Reverend Catherine Roberson was born and grew up in Detroit, MI. She always enjoyed learning and achieving academic goals. Reverend Catherine Roberson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College, Detroit, MI; and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University, School of Law, in New Jersey. She has received certification in Biblical Counseling by the National Biblical Counseling Association.


Reverend Catherine Roberson has authored two books. Her first book entitled Harmony in Marriage, was released in February, 2012. It has been used by Christian Counselors to educate couples about preparing for marriage. Her second book entitled God’s Chosen One, A Caregiver’s Story, was released in the spring of 2015.


Reverend Roberson was ordained at New Hope Missionary Baptist church, located in Southfield, MI. in 2005. She serves as a Pulpit Minister at New Hope MBC and assists her husband, Pastor David L. Roberson. Reverend Catherine Roberson also serves as the Minister of the Women of Hope; and in 2006, she founded and directs the Health and Healing Ministry. New Hope MBC has sponsored many annual community health fairs under the leadership of Reverend Roberson. During these community events, hundreds of persons have received free medical tests and educational workshops about health and wellness.


Reverend Catherine Roberson has received several awards from public service organizations. In 2005, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, S.A.C., awarded Reverend Roberson with the Torch Award, for Outstanding Ministry and Community Service. In 2009,Reverend Roberson was awarded a plaque for her community service by the Board of Directors of Gospel Against AIDS; and in 2014 she was awarded the first Community Service Award by Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Lambda Chi Chapter, a Professional Nursing Sorority located in Detroit, MI. Reverend Catherine Roberson has been happily married to Dr. Rev. David L. Roberson, Pastor of New Hope MBC, in Southfield, MI., since Nov., 1979. They have two adult children, Justice Roberson and Mrs. Crystal Wilson. Both of their children are college graduates.



May God Bless You All Greatly,
Reverend Catherine Roberson