Dr. Carlton Byrd On a Mission for God
Dr. Carlton Byrd on a mission for God
Dr. Carlton P. Byrd
is imbued by the call of Jesus Christ to preach the gospel of the kingdom to the whole world as a testimony to all nations (see Matthew 24:14).
He is a deeply committed pastor-evangelist, and the third speaker/director of Breath of Life, a media ministry sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist church.
In addition to serving as the speaker/director of Breath of Life, Byrd was formerly the senior pastor of the 4,000-member Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
leadership the church's membership and attendance have increased, and the church building has been remodeled.
The church was awarded a $5.2 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) in January 2009 to construct a senior citizens' housing apartment complex.
2009 the church was named the innovative church of the year by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
Currently, Dr. Byrd is the new senior pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
As the speaker/director for Breath of Life, Byrd has been given a worldwide platform from which to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
has a wholistic vision for Breath of Life
Dr. Byrd intends to continue and broaden the vision of its founder, and former speakers/directors Charles D. Brooks and Walter Pearson.
vision is wedded to his
love for God and his
desire to promulgate the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
is a supporter and product of Christian education.
says, is a "lifestyle.
Christian institutions provide young people with an "environment in which to prepare for eternity" as they live in the present world.
In addition to graduating from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, with dual degrees in theology and business, Byrd earned the Master of Business Administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.
He earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Byrd's pragmatic preparation for ministry came from several ministers, including his
father, who washis first pastor and mentor who told him he
would "know what to do and not to do" in ministry if he
Because of his
commitment to education, Dr. Byrd
received the Alumnus of the Year award in 2008 from Oakwood University
Distinguished as a stellar preacher in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 2008, Byrd
was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers
at Morehouse College
in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joe Jordan, public relations correspondent for Breath of Life, says, "Carlton Byrd is a sincere preacher.
is a family man.
family is central to the success of his
"Danielle, my wife of 14 years, is a perfect complement to pastoral ministry; she
gives me much needed balance.
My daughters, Christyn and Caileigh, keep me humble.
To my children, I am Daddy."
is driven by excellence.
is stirring Christian believers into a deeper relationship with God, and inspiring those who don't know Jesus to accept Him as their personal Savior.
pulpit is the entire earth; his
audience is God's children in every part of the world.