William Robinson: Alliance Black History

William Peter Robinson
Pioneering Pastor in Pittsburgh PA
William Peter Robinson, born in Farmville, Virginia, in 1853 to slave parents, founded the Alliance branch in Pittsburgh and pastor until his death in 1911.  Rev. Robinson arrived in Pittsburgh around the year 1883, he joined the Wylie Avenue AME Church and eventually held positions there as steward, trustee, class leader, and then local preacher.  He had a deeper-life experience, and along with this he claimed to have undergone divine healing from a number of physical ailments, including heart trouble and rheumatism. He then organized meetings to teach these truths, holding them in his own home before organizing as Pittsburgh Branch No. 2 of the Christian Alliance (early network of C&MA churches). Pittsburgh became known as a place where “many white and colored were saved, sanctified, and healed to the honor and glory of God.”  Today The C&MA is strong in Pittsburgh because of the ground breaking work of Rev. Robinson.

Read William Peter Robinson obituary's from July 1, 1911 here.
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