About R. Robert Warren, Jr
Rev. R. Robert Warren, Jr., MS Ed. began his life as a preacher’s kid. Being the youngest of 7 children growing up in the farming community of Morocco/Providence, just outside Poplar Bluff, MO. He learned how to drive on a tractor at 11 years of age; he preached his first sermon at the tender age of 16 and graduated at Poplar Bluff High School with a perfect attendance record for never missing a day of school during PK-12th grade. Pastor Warren entered Missouri Western State University in 1988 with a unique combination of scholarships: football and vocal music. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Music Education, he married his wife, Kimberly (Foster) Warren in 1992. In 2000, Pastor Warren founded Faith Family Worship Center (604 S 20th St. St. Joseph, MO 64507). After Pastor Warren and his wife graduated together with their Master’s in Education (NWMSU-2001), they began the MidCity Excellence Community Learning Center (MCE) that serves the community, specifically at-risk youth with culturally sensitive programs in the performing arts, tutoring, computer training, leadership and faithbased initiatives. Almost 1,900 youth and hundreds of adults have been engaged, enriched, and empowered in St. Joseph. Pastor Warren’s goals are ambitious as he has recently started the “Man-Up” and Dominion programs and About the Author (Bio) 111 is training a team of mentors to engage at-risk teen boys to counteract incarcerations, substance abuse, juvenile crime, high school dropouts and to support fatherless youth. He also directs the newly formed “Boys & Girls Choir of St. Joseph” and St. Joe Stixx Drumline. Pastor Warren has taught professionally, band, choir and coached football. In addition to pastoring, he is the Music Educator at Carden Park (SJSD). He has served on the Allied Arts board of directors and was inducted into the prestigious Black Archives “Hall of Fame” in 2015. He is the 2013-2021 President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). He is licensed and ordained as an elder and adjunct professor through Aenon Bible College and Victorious Life Bible Institute. In his spare time, Pastor Warren enjoys cooking gourmet meals, weightlifting, singing opera, researching biblical history, and biking.