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Dr. Carlton P. Byrd

Breath of Life Speaker/Director

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 Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church 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 (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 sixteen years of pastoral leadership, Dr. Byrd has constructed and renovated churches, baptized over 2,500 persons, served on numerous denominational and community boards, along with serving as a guest minister on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Since his arrival in August, 2006 as the Senior Pastor of the Berean SDA Church in Atlanta, over 1,400 persons have been baptized, church attendance has doubled, the church building has been remodeled, and a television ministry has been launched in collaboration with the Breath of Life Television Ministry. The legacy will continue at Oakwood University Church with the Breath of Life Telecasts airing weekly on four national television networks. 

In Dr. Byrd’s former field of ministry in Atlanta, Ga, the Berean 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 50 apartment Senior Citizens’ Housing Facility which is scheduled to be completed in early 2012; in October, 2009, the Berean Church was named the North American Division’s 2009 Innovative Church of the Year for the SDA Church; and in January, 2011, the Berean Church held the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its new Outreach Ministry Center (directly across the street from the main sanctuary), which is a community based ministry that houses a youth activity center, barber shop, beauty salon, health/fitness center, juice bar, clothes’ closet, and food pantry.

The recipient of numerous honors and achievements, Dr. Byrd received the coveted "Chosen Pastor Award" for Atlanta’s Gospel Choice Awards in 2007, was named as one of the prized residents for “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta” for 2008 and 2009, 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 the former Danielle Mounter, and they are the proud parents of two girls, Christyn and Caileigh.