About Byron.

 

The Beginning:

 

I was born and raised in the church until I was about twelve years old. At the age of six, I was water baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the age of about thirteen years old life's circumstances pulled me away from the church & into the world. It was from this age until the age of twenty that I experienced much of sins dreads sway. 

 

 

The Dark Years:

 1st Peter 4:3 perfectly sums of these seven wasteful, yet graceful years of my life.

 

1 Peter 4:3- "You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy--their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols."

I refer to them as graceful because I'm so ecstatic that Jesus did not allow me to die in my sins. It was only by His amazing saving grace.

In fact, the Lord was calling me for many years even while I was in sin and yet I'd been resisting Him. When I was nineteen years old, that all changed whenever I had a supernatural experience that would forever change and help shape my life.

My Road To Damascus Experience:

 

One night while I was on drugs I had an extremely clear, yet terrifying vision, and partial experience of hades, or what we often refer to as "hell". My spirit went down to the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18) while my body remained on earth. There, I saw people that I did not know being tortured beyond earth's adequate description 

 

That night I heard both the voice of satan and Jesus. There, I also had an angelic visitation that ministered to me and began to lead me out of the dreadful state that I was in.

Needless to say, this experience got my attention, and I ran to a Spirit filled Pentecostal church as fast as I could. I renounced my old life and was born again. 

My experience and the things I'd seen that night, led me into a desperate searching of as Abraham put it, 'the Judge of the earth". The God who had just spared my soul. (I'm still on that journey by the way). I wanted to know Him, I'd heard about Him all of my life, but now I had experienced that He was real and so was the devil. So was Heaven, so was hell, and so was eternity. I now knew that there was a life and an experience beyond that of simply the flesh. My soul was the real me. The Spirit realm was real. So I began to fully devote my life to the Lord and His Church. I began telling everyone I knew and did not know about the Lord.

 

The Now:

Several years later I felt a call to start a ministry, a ministry known today as Disciples Of Christ Jesus. God has enabled me to also use the gift of poetry to help others through songs. Along the way, The Lord has blessed me with a precious family and we've been humbled to plant a Church in St. Martinville, La. 

Clinical Education:

Pastor Byron is also clinically & professionally educated in the area of the pastorate. In 2019 he pursued higher education and graduated as an ACPE Graduate {Association for Clinical Pastoral Education} from Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, La.

 

ACPE is the premier, Department Of Education recognized organization that provides the highest quality Clinical Pastoral Education {CPE}  programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. This is through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of this training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves

 

As of 2021 Ochsner Medical Center was ranked the # 1 hospital in the State of Louisiana for the 10th consecutive year and was recognized as a Best Hospital for 2021-2022 by U.S News & World Report, the global authority on hospital rankings and consumer advice.

 

As Pastor Byron shared the classroom & field with other National & Global interfaith leaders during this process of higher education, he was a leading voice and influence in the classroom and his graduation class.

Thanks for listening to my story! May God's wonderful grace abound in your life in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

The Old Man

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The New Man

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