New Breath of Life
Assoc. Speaker Voted
BY GEORGE JOHNSON, North American Division associate communication director.
he Adventist Media Center Board, upon the recommendation of the Breath of Life Ministries (BLM) xecutive Committee, has appointed Pastor Carlton P. Byrd, senior pastor of the Atlanta Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, as associate speaker/director of Breath of Life Ministries.
“We saw in Pastor Byrd a passion for evangelism that is consistent with our previous speaker directors,” said Elder Alvin M. Kibble, Breath of Life Ministries executive committee chairman and a vice president for the North American Division. “He conveys both a teachable spirit and a clear sense of readiness which will enable him to greatly assist the ministry in reaching the postmodern generation,” he said.
Byrd, an ordained Adventist minister, graduated of Oakwood University (formerly Oakwood College) in Huntsville, Alabama, with 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 where he earned the Masters of Business Administration degree, and a graduate of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he earned both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in African American religious studies. In 2008, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.
While serving as the senior pastor of the Atlanta Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, Byrd has baptized more than 1,200 people and launched a television ministry that currently airs weekly on two Atlanta television stations. Under his leadership, the church was awarded a $5.2 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to construct a senior citizens housing facility. In October 2009, the Atlanta Berean Church was named the North American Division’s 2009 Innovative Church of the Year.
Pastor Byrd is married to the former Danielle Mounter, also a graduate of Oakwood University. They are the parents of two girls, Christyn and Caileigh.
In his new responsibilities, Byrd will assist BLM speaker/director Walter L. Pearson Jr. in the development of new programming and in the conducting of evangelistic campaigns and revival meetings. In addition to this position, Pastor Byrd will still continue to serve as the senior pastor of the Atlanta Berean congregation.
About Breath of Life Ministries
Breath of Life Ministries is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14. This is done through the production and distribution of Christ-centered quality television and media programs and support materials that are intellectually stimulating, Bible-based, and designed to help people choose a quality of life found only in following Christ.