Pastor and First Lady Biography



Biography: Pastor David L. Roberson


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

Pastor Roberson completed his elementary and secondary education in Moss Point, Mississippi.  He currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.

Pastor Roberson is actively affiliated with the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit.  Currently Pastor Roberson is enrolled in Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program at The Ecumenical Theological Seminary in pursuit of completing his Doctorate. Pastor Roberson has also been featured as Pastor of the Week on WLQV 1500 AM radio in Detroit.

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 to 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, the pastor 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. 




Biography: Reverend 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 has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan,

Ann Arbor, MI; a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove

University, Detroit, MI; and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University, School of Law, in New Jersey.


Reverend Catherine 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 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 Catherine. During these community events, hundreds of persons have received free medical tests and educational workshops about health and wellness.


 Reverend Catherine has received several awards from public service organizations. In 2005, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, S.A.C., awarded Reverend Catherine with the Torch Award, for Outstanding Ministry and Community Service.  Also, Reverend Catherine was recognized, by the Board of Directors of Gospel Against AIDS, in 2009, for her work in sponsoring HIV/AIDS testing and awareness workshops at her church. 


Reverend Catherine has been happily married to Reverend David L. Roberson,

Pastor of New Hope MBC, in Southfield, MI., for thirty –three years.  They have two

adult children, Minister Justice Roberson and Minister Crystal Wilson.  Both of their children are college graduates and have successful business careers.


Reverend Catherine Roberson has faced many challenges in her life.

She was one of six children raised by a divorced mother. Also, she was the first female in her family to graduate from college and later law school. She has also endured the tests of being married to a Baptist Pastor while having a career in Michigan state government and raising a family.  However, she gives the Lord all the credit for making her and her family spiritually strong. 


“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.