Joseph Carlos Robinson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second son of Reverend Joseph and Mrs. Lizzie M. Robinson.
After spending his formative years in New York, Pastor Robinson attended Morehouse College, where he was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Award, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion in 1992. He then received the Benjamin Elijah Mays Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education to attend Harvard Divinity School, where he completed four years of graduate study in the history of early Christianity.
While at Harvard, Pastor Robinson completed internships at Bridge Street A.M.E. Church and the Dana Faber Cancer Center. He also gained valuable experience as a Legislative Correspondent in the 106th and 107th Sessions of the United States Congress in the offices of The Honorable Reverend Floyd H. Flake (6th District NY) and served as the Director for the Youth Educational and Development Program, a collaborative effort between the Boston Public Schools and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
In 1996, Pastor Robinson was appointed Senior Pastor of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hartford, Connecticut. After serving that congregation for two years, Pastor Robinson enrolled in the University of Connecticut School of Business, and was awarded the Ernst and Young Scholars Award. After graduating with an MBA in marketing, he joined Ernst and Young, LLC, first as an associate in their public accounting practice, and later, their strategy consulting business, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young.
In 2000, Pastor Robinson was appointed Senior Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2005, Pastor Robinson was selected as the Executive Pastor of the City of Refuge Ministries, Inc. in Gardena, California. In 2007, Pastor Robinson founded the Resurrection Church, and has served as Chaplain of the Los Angeles Clippers since 2010.
Pastor Robinson is married to Mrs. Andrea Monique Robinson and is the proud father of Malachi Squire and Caleb Emmanuel.
The Resurrection is the pivot on which Christianity turns–it is the pulsing center, the throbbing core, the irreducible nucleus, and the fundamental reality of our faith. This is the fountain from which every victorious tributary flows. In 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Paul outlines a series of devastating consequences that result without the resurrection: our preaching is useless; our faith is purposeless; our testimony is groundless; and there is no deliverance from sin and no motivation for Godly living. No truth of Christianity has been fought with greater resolve, because no truth in the universe is as potent. We live on tip-toe, waiting for God to do us what he did to Jesus.
We see ourselves as “co-laborers,” active participants in God’s mission to redeem humanity (2 Corinthians 6:1). We are not passive victims waiting for Divine intervention. God has intervened decisively in human affairs, and when our spirits are raised, we will rise to rebuild the broken places of our lives (Ezra 1:5)
We see ourselves as an army that has been raised (Ezekiel 37) to engage in spiritual warfare against the internal and external forces that wreak havoc on the lives of God’s children. Every member is a solider (2 Timothy 2:5), who we will equip for victory, so that one can chase a thousand, and ten can put two thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30)
We see ourselves operating in every spiritual gift and manifesting every spiritual fruit. While the fool says there is no God (Psalm 14:1), even Devils believe! (James 2:19). The prize of our high calling (Philippians 3:14) is move in an upward spiral from strength to strength and from glory to glory (Psalm 84:7, 2 Corinthians 3:18). We must “go on to perfection” and earnestly desire “the best gifts” (Hebrews 6:1 and 1 Corinthians 12:31). We cannot become the people of God nor do the work of God without the power of God. (Numbers 11:16-29, Joel 2:28, Acts 2:1-4)
We see ourselves living Resurrected lives. Our Father has no greater joy than to see his children walk in truth (1 John 5). Understanding that desire, we will equip our members for victory in every strategic dimension of existence. We will provide information and broker opportunities to every member to place every enemy under our feet (Psalms 8:6, Ephesians 1:22)