Reverend Frederick D. Favors
A Righteous Man, Rejoicing Always,
Walking in Ordered Steps
Reverend Frederick D. Favors grew up in Forrest City, Arkansas. He attended the public schools in Forrest City and later matriculated at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff earning a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med with a minor in Chemistry. In addition, he attended Atlanta University earning a Master’s of Science Degree in Administration and Policy Study.
In 1977, Rev. Favors answered an even greater call to go into the entire world and preach the gospel so he could work to build the Master’s Kingdom. In his obedience to the call of God and quest for seminary training, his advancement continued in theology at Morehouse School of Religion and Columbia Theological Seminary.
His employment advanced in the public school system of Forrest City from 1979 to 1981. In 1984, he became an educator in the Cobb County Georgia Public School System. Later during the same year, he became the Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson, Georgia, therefore, becoming the Fifth Pastor since its inception in 1873.
During the 31 years that Rev. Favors has been the Pastor of Springfield, the church has experienced tremendous growth and many positive changes. Membership has increased by more than 1000. Many ministries and services have been established to respond to the holistic needs of the membership and the community. Springfield with the dynamic visionary leadership of Rev. Favors is/and has been active in local, state, and national Christian growth activities.
Because of his scriptural knowledge of servant hood, his community, civic, and religious involvement continues to enhance growth as a pastor and as a person. He is affiliated with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Free and Accepted Masons, and the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia (GMBC). Since 1984, he has been a member of the Executive Board and has lectured and taught various courses of the many auxiliaries. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of the Eastern Region of the GMBC. He also serves as moderator of the Fourth Shiloh Association.
In his community and civic organizations, he has organized the Georgia Planning Group Board for Health Promotion, the McDuffie County Human Relations Board, and has served on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, and the McDuffie County NAACP. For the past 14 years, he has served on the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, and the Board of Managers for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). Reverend Favors also chairs the Workmen Compensation Trustee Board of Georgia’s Commissioners. He serves on the Board of the Atlanta Peachtree Citizen Education Board of Rainbow PUSH.
Reverend Favors is often asked to speak and preach for numerous organizations. Most recently, he has been the guest preacher for the Centennial Celebration of ACCG of April 2014, Richmond County NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Speaker of January 2015, delivered the Georgia Congressional Legislative Devotional message of March 2015, and the Paine College Baccalaureate speaker of May 2015.
He has received such distinguished awards as the Rainbow/PUSH Pioneer Faith Award of November 2005 and The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Citizenship Education Fund Award of June 2006. Each award was bestowed upon him in Atlanta, Georgia, and Chicago, Illinois, respectively. Later, he was invited to participate in a dialogue at the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, to discuss Religion, and The Moral Decline of Public Education.
He is married to the former Elene P. Ward, a retired educator, and has two sons: Terence, and Frederick, Jr. a wonderful daughter-in-law, (Jacqueline Marie), and two loveable granddaughters: Adrianna and Briana.