Dr. Carlton P. Byrd is currently the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast for the SDA Church in North America.
Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL with dual degrees, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. He is also a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, where he earned the Master of Business Administration Degree, and a graduate of Andrews University (SDA Theological Seminary) in Berrien Springs, MI, where he earned both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees.
In his twenty-two years of pastoral leadership in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia, Dr. Byrd has constructed and renovated churches, baptized over 3,500 persons, served on numerous denominational and community boards, along with serving as a guest minister on several religious television networks. Since his appointment as Speaker/Director for Breath of Life, two new Breath of Life churches have been planted and started in San Antonio, TX and Stamford, CT respectively.
A very active participant in the community, Dr. Byrd founded the Berean Outreach Ministry Center in Atlanta, GA, which housed a food pantry, clothes’ closet, barber shop, hair salon, and fitness center. Additionally, under Dr. Byrd’s leadership during his pastorate at the Atlanta Berean Church, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $5.2 million grant to the church, and the church constructed a 50 apartment Senior Citizens’ Housing Facility for church and community Senior Adults alike. Since his arrival at the Oakwood University Church in January, 2012, Dr. Byrd has baptized over 400 persons, spearheaded the renovation of the church, constructed the 5.4 million dollar Oakwood Adventist Academy building, opened a vegetarian food market and bookstore in the church, and is currently leading the construction of a new 3 million dollar Family Life Center, inclusive of a gymnasium, classrooms, and community service ministry area for the church and community alike.
The recipient of numerous honors and achievements, Dr. Byrd received the coveted “Chosen Pastor Award” for Atlanta’s Gospel Choice Awards in 2007, was selected as the Oakwood University Alumnus of the Year for 2008, was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta in 2008, was named the South Central Conference of SDA Pastor of the Year in 2012, and was selected as the 2016 Pastor of the Year for the Alabama NAACP – Huntsville/Madison County Branch.
Dr. Byrd is happily married to his wife of nineteen years, the former Danielle Mounter, and they are the proud parents of three girls, Christyn, Caileigh, and Carissa.
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