Rev. Kyland Dobbins

Full Name
 Kyland Dobbins

Position/Title at SSUMC
Senior Pastor

What is your favorite scripture verse?
Matthew 22:34-40

What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Umm...do I really need to answer this one?

One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The people and their willingness to accept all people.

What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Pastoring and getting to know the people.

Who are some of your heros?
 My parents, Nehemiah (from the Bible), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., X-Men/Women 

How did you and your spouse meet? 
At Footaction in the Parks Mall in Arlington, TX. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and couldn't let her leave without approaching her.

Tell us about your children and grandchildren.
I have 3 princesses who I lift up onto my shoulder nearly every night after they have bathed and I sing: Here comes the princess! Then I throw them high into the air and catch them before their feet touch the ground. It's the best thing ever...for them and me!

And my girls, Ananda (7), Milan (5), and Laila (2) are my inspirations and motivations!

Worst job you've ever held? Why?
Envelope stuffer. Two words will describe why--paper cuts!

Any favorite movies or books?
 Favorite book: " A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeline L'Engle
Favorite movie: The Matrix Trilogy; The Bourne Identity Trilogy; Ocean's Eleven Trilogy...I like trilogies for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm a Trinitarian (get it?)

What is your educational history? 
*B.S. in Biology/Chemistry - Prairie View A&M University
*30 hours of Teacher Certification Coursework - Univ. North Texas and Texas Wesleyan Univ
*M. Div. (double concentrations in Urban Church & African American Church Studies) - Perkins
School of Theology at SMU
*Doctorate of Ministry is in sight - Wesley Theological Seminary in Wash., D.C.

Are you a good student? Why or why not?
Yes. Because my mom told me so and I made the Dean's List at least once...haha!

What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, Taize music, Alternative, Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, New Age, R&B/Soul, and Electronic (Sorry, no Country yet!)

Other media: sermons by favorite preachers, speeches by great people, and TED Talk lectures

What is your favorite TV show as a child?
The Cosby Show
The Dukes of Hazard

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
Yes, every Sunday! I get embarrassed because I mess up all the time. I don't get hung up on it anymore because I know God specializes in cleaning up my mess ups. Thank you, Lord!

One thing that I am not sure I want anyone to know.....
 Ummm...well...wouldn't you like to know...haha!