Breath of Life began broadcasting in 1974. It was the dream of pastor and recording artist Walter Arties to create a program that would appeal to African-Americans looking for hope and guidance. For 23 years, Pastor C. D. Brooks was the featured speaker. In 1997, Pastor Walter L. Pearson, Jr., became the Speaker/Director and he continued the legacy begun by Pastors Arties and Brooks. Through the years, the broadcast broadened its target audience to include all those searching for hope and the assurance of God’s powerful message of salvation.
In December, 2010, Dr. Carlton P. Byrd assumed the role of Speaker/Director. Pastor Byrd is also the pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church and will continue as senior pastor along with his new responsibilities at Breath of Life.
While Pastor Byrd plans to build on the foundation laid by those who have gone before him, he has his own vision for the future of Breath of Life. The weekly broadcasts will be taped at the Oakwood University church. There are plans to enter the world of new media beginning with this new website and a Facebook page. Other new outlets and outreaches will soon follow so check the website often for new announcements.
Evangelism will continue to be a vital part of the ministry. Pastor Byrd will be holding several Christ-centered evangelistic crusades each year. But Pastor Byrd’s ministry does not end at the pulpit. Breath of Life practices active evangelism in the local community through feeding the homeless, clothing distribution and weekly prison ministry service. Breath of Life will also be reaching out to those who need physical as well as spiritual healing and hope.
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Biographical Sketch - Dr. Carlton P. Byrd
Dr. Carlton P. Byrd is the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church, and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast, which airs on four international television networks.
Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Oakwood University (formerly Oakwood College) 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 nineteen years of pastoral leadership in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia, Dr. Byrd has constructed and renovated churches, baptized over 3,000 persons, served on numerous denominational and community boards, along with serving as a guest minister on several religious television networks.
A very active participant in the community, Dr. Byrd founded the Berean Outreach Ministry Center in Atlanta, GA, which is a community based ministry that houses a youth activity center, barber shop, beauty salon, health/fitness center, vegetarian sandwich shop, clothes’ closet, and food pantry. 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 already baptized over 300 persons and spearheaded the renovation of the Oakwood University Church, along with serving as the Building Chairperson for the newly constructed 5.4 million dollar Oakwood Adventist Academy housing students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.
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, and in April, 2008, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Byrd is happily married to his wife of sixteen years, the former Danielle Mounter, and they are the proud parents of three girls, Christyn, Caileigh, and newborn, Carissa