Minister Dwayne Terrell Roberts' Biography

Minister Dwayne Roberts is the Minister of Music at SBC, and has served in this capacity for more than 30 years.  He was officially ordained as a Minister of Music by Dr. John McReynolds, in 1999.  He has been a member of SBC since 1965 and began his musical career at an early age by singing in the children’s choir, under the direction of his mother, Marcelle Roberts.  His brother Donny Roberts, now deceased, was also an accomplished musician at SBC, and song writer, and greatly influenced Dwayne’s music career.  

Dwayne has been a part of various choirs and musical groups, such as Donny Roberts and Unity In Harmony, Dwayne Roberts and New Life, the Los Angeles Gospel Messengers, Cory Briggs and O.C. Prayze, and the Los Angeles chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), of which he continues to be a member.  Several of Dwayne’s original music compositions have been recorded by artists such as The Second Baptist Church Mass Choir of Santa Ana, CA., Bishop Yvette Flunder and The Fellowship Mass Choir, Doretha Wade-Wilkerson and the Orange County CA Mass Choir, The Goldenaires, and Cory Briggs and O.C. Prayze.  One of his traditional gospel songs, “I Want Nothing More”, was recorded by the Los Angeles Gospel Messengers in 1998, and then again by the National Mass Choir of the GMWA in 2002, in Detroit, Michigan.  This was a great honor for Dwayne because he attended his first GMWA convention in 1977, at the age of 17, in Detroit, Michigan.  Another highlight of his career was serving as the Musical Director for the funeral service of track star Florence Griffith-Joyner (“Flo-Jo”), who was a member of SBC at the time of her death in 1998.  Dwayne has conducted music workshops and concerts throughout the state of California, and continues to work with other organizations such as the Tri-County District Association of California, and the Western Baptist State Convention

Dwayne received a B.A. degree in Spanish, and a B.A. degree in Social Ecology (Criminal Justice), from the University of California, Irvine in 1983.  He also received a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Fullerton in 1995.  Dwayne has worked in the California state and federal courts for more than 30 years in various supervision and mangerial positions.  After retiring from the Orange County Superior Court in 2010 with 24 years of service, he returned to the United States District Court, from where he plans to retire in 2017 with 10 years of service.