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Rev. Robert K. Freeman, M-Div., 2012 D-Min Cohort is a native of Claymont, Delaware, one of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Nellie Small and Howard David Freeman, Sr. He has been the recipient of many scholastic and civic honors, including ‘Athlete of the Year, which allowed him to finish his last two years of High School with Honors. He graduated in 1976 from Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware where he received a Ralston Purina Academic Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture. He continued his academic pursuit by matriculating at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he majored in Pastoral Studies and Urban Ministries. In 1985, he received his Master of Divinity Degree. In 2012, he began his work towards the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology/Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri. His theological focus was in the field of preaching and church History.

Rev. Freeman was licensed his local preaching license on his 23rd birthday, August 5, 19778, at the, Saint Matthews Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania, under the pastorate of the Reverend Dr. Joseph A. Hayes. He was ordained in 1985 at Phillips Chapel C. M. E. Church on Church on June 21st by the Late Bishop Nathaniel Lindsey. Pastor Freeman was granted full connectional standing in the United Methodist Church through the former Central Illinois Conference, by Bishop Woodie W. White in 1989.

In the fall of 1975 Pastor Freeman, became the president of the Wesley Foundation at Delaware State College, Dover Delaware, under the advisement of the Late Rev. Clayton Hammond. He was able to form small groups, discipleship ministries and weekly worship services on campus. This was the formation of his commitment to Wesleyan principals and the work of discipleship. He was then mentored by Dr. Crawford Loritts, Hamon Cross, the Late Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, and various others to reach Black America with the message and love of Jesus Christ.

Believing that our love for Jesus should never be separated from our passion for Justice, Pastor Freeman engaged himself in the struggle for Human Rights through numerous agencies, which most recently include serving as President of the Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinity, Springfield, Illinois, Board Member of Illinois People’s Action, Board Commissioner with the Community Development Commission, Urbana, Illinois, Member of the Champaign-Urbana Ministerial Alliance, Board Member of the Behavioral Health Board with Memorial Health Systems, Springfield, Illinois,. Member of the N. A. A. C. P., and member of the North Central Jurisdictional Black Methodist for Church Renewal of the United Methodist Church.

Discipleship is key for the life and ministry of Pastor Freeman, over the past years he has actively discipled 5-10 persons since 1978. He was man individuals who are in active Christian ministry or in some field of study using the principles he has taught them to affect the Kingdom of God and carry the Gospel to many across the world.

He is married to Felecia P. Freeman, and has two children, Clarrissa Freeman and Prentice Freeman. They also have many persons whom they have impacted who they call their children as well. There children are making an impact of the public, private and faith communities around the world.

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