Reverend Kyland Dobbins
- Senior Pastor
St. Stephen UMC
1800 W. Randol Mill Rd.
Arlington, TX 76012
Kyland is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from the magnet program at O. D. Wyatt High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Prairie View A&M University (Panther Pride!). Prior to entering the ministry, Kyland gained experience in various areas such as science (microbiology), education, counseling and entrepreneurship. He has been an active volunteer in various local churches for most of his life, which had much to do with his discernment to pursue ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.
During the last several years Kyland has served as minister to Young Adults, and director of Pastoral Care at McMillan UMC; appointed as Student Local Pastor at Dennis Chapel UMC in Groesbeck, TX; appointed as Associate Pastor at Meadowbrook UMC; and currently appointed as the Coordinator for Mission Experience with the Central Texas Conference Service Center. He is a graduate of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, with a Master of Divinity degree and concentrations in Urban Ministry and African-American Church Studies. He is the recipient of two awards: the Karis Stahl Fadely Award given for exhibiting a commitment to Jesus Christ and the mission of the church, responsibility and good management of time; and the Robert Weatherford Prize for Preaching, given for excellence in preaching based on content, form, and delivery.
Within the Central Texas Conference of the UMC, Kyland has served on the Campus Ministry Taskforce and the Centennial Celebration Steering Committee. Within the community, Kyland has served on the Site Based Decision Committees (SBDC) for Meadowbrook Elementary and East Fort Worth Montessori Academy, as well as on the 2015 Vision/Strategic Planning Team for Tarrant County College District. He is also active with Tarrant Area Community of Churches and Allied Communities of Tarrant County. Kyland is also a member of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kyland is happily married to Dr. Natashia Jones-Dobbins of Killeen, TX. Kyland and Natashia are the proud parents of three daughters, Mlé, Milan and Laila. (editors note: if you are ever facing downtown Fort Worth and suddenly see a dazzling beam of light, that would be the light emanating from the smile on Kyland’s face whenever he speaks of his children.)
Kyland loves people. In fact he believes that people are the best resource for life, while God is the Source of life. To no surprise his favorite biblical scriptures are Matthew 22:36-40 and Luke 4:18-19. If you are ever blessed with the opportunity to share the same space as Kyland, be sure to grab the chance to get to know him better…you’ll be glad you did and most likely find yourself suddenly more eager to get about the business of living a more missional experience of God’s love.