We are delighted that guest preacher Rev. Howard B.M. Fauntroy, III will be with us this Sunday, January 14 at our 10:00 AM service. Rev. Fauntroy is a graduate of Middlebury College (1989), where he served as Chaplain in 1994. Rev. Fauntroy would be the first African-American minister and the youngest (of any ethnic or cultural background) to serve in this capacity. He subsequently served as the pastor of The First Baptist Institutional Church in Detroit, a congregation his late father led for twenty-seven years. Rev. Fauntroy served as chaplain of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, is currently serving as chaplain at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, and is an elder of West Hollywood United Church of Christ.
Howard B.M. Fauntroy, III was born in Washington, D.C. to the late Rev. Howard B.M. Fauntroy, Jr. and Mrs. Carmen M. Fauntroy. In 1969, he moved with his family to Detroit, Michigan when his father, Rev. Howard B.M. Fauntroy, Jr. was called to serve as the tenth Pastor of the First Baptist Institutional Church.
During his elementary years, he matriculated in the Detroit Public School system and from middle school through his senior year of high school he attended the University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Middlebury College, Middlebury VT. He taught briefly in the Detroit Public School system before continuing his graduate studies at Harvard University. While attending the Divinity School at Harvard University, he served as the President of the Student Body; The Seminarian in Residence at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard; and was selected to deliver the commencement address at his graduation.
After completing his studies Rev. Fauntroy would serve one year as the Senior Administrator and Special Assistant to his father, the late Pastor Howard B.M. Fauntroy, Jr.
December 3, 1995, Reverend Fauntroy was called to become the Pastor of the First Baptist Institutional Church. Upon the passing of his father on August 22, 1996, Howard Fauntroy, III became the eleventh pastor of the First Baptist Institutional Church. During his tenure, he served as a member of the Northwest Union Fellowship of Churches, National Baptist Convention U.S.A, past President of the Alumni Board of Governors of University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, Religious Relations Chair and Executive Board of the Detroit Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of the Detroit Youth Theatre and a host of other civic organizations and affiliations.
Upon completion of his service in Michigan, Rev. Fauntroy received an invitation to serve at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. In August 2015, Rev. Fauntroy was welcomed to join the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA and later at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Los Angeles as a Resident Chaplain. Chaplain Fauntroy has been honored to serve the UCLA Health System, as an Elder of the West Hollywood United Church of Christ, Church Council, and as a Central Association United Church of Christ, CA Delegate, ever since.