Rev. Dr. Robert M. Spooney is an exemplary pastor, preacher, teacher and social activist who epitomizes focused leadership. Ordained over nineteen years ago, Dr. Spooney has since been emboldened to daily action through service motivated by divinely-prescribed commitments to his faith and invigorated to a pursuit of social justice for all. He is the Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church in Orlando, Florida. Mt. Zion is the oldest African American Church in Orlando. He also serves as President of the Congress of Christian Education of the West Coast Baptist Association, Florida General Baptist Convention and he is the former president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
Dr. Spooney received his Masters of Theology in 1997 from Logos Bible College and Graduate School. In March of 2001 he earned the Doctor of Theology Degree from Slidell Baptist Theological Seminary of Slidell, Louisiana and from May 2001 to August 2002 he taught as an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary in Deerfield Beach, FL. He also serves as an Associate Professor at Logos Graduate School and Bible College. Dr. Spooney is also a 2005 graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. While in South Florida Pastor Spooney served as an Associate Pastor and Minister of Ministries at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, Florida under the tutelage of his father in the ministry, Rev. Dr. R. C. Stanley. He has also served as Pastor of St. James Freewill Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida, Associate Minister of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida and Associate Minster of Fellowship Baptist Church of Pine Hills.
His humanitarian resolve manifests numerous projects and extensions from varied entities. Most notably he has served on the Board of Directors for CareerSource Central Florida, the President’s Multicultural Advisory Council at the University of Central Florida, the Management Committee for myregion.org’s “Open For Business” and the Advisory Council for Keiser University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the African American Council of Christian Clergy of Orlando, Florida. Dr. Spooney has served on the Board of Directors ‑ United Negro College Fund Drive, Duval County, Board of Directors Jacksonville Urban League, Board of Directors ‑ Bethlehem Center Head Start Agency- Charlotte, North Carolina, Board of Directors – Meals On Wheels – Broward County, Advisory Board – Metro Planning Commission/Orange, County, and the Negro Spiritual Foundation-Orlando. As a result of his community activity, Dr. Spooney was selected by Senator Bill Nelson to serve on the selection committee for appointments to the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Spooney is an ardent community activist and believes in this creed, “We are one, our cause is one and if we are to be successful we must help one another.” He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Gloria Moore of Bartow, Florida and they have two daughters.