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, and been 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 Carissa


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