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Dr. Byron L. Battle, sr

SENIORPASTOR@MYTBCHUDSON.ORG

Byron Lammar Battle, Sr. serves as the Senior Pastor of the Historical Tabernacle Baptist Church of Greenville, SC. Additionally, he serves as Vicar General (Administrative Assistant) to the Presiding Bishop of the United Covenant Churches of Christ, Intl, and the National Director of the UCCC Men's Ministry as well as the Leader of the Carolina District for UCCC. Gifted, Talented, Anointed, Powerful, Youthful, and Dynamic are just some of the adjectives used to describe Byron L. Battle, Sr.  

He was born on August 28, 1979, to Dr. and Mrs. James and Joyce Battle at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Hailed as a special child by his mother, at his initial sermon, she remarked, “I knew Byron was a special child because he did not ask for normal toys children his age wanted. Instead, he wanted a red bath robe and a cordless microphone so he could do his preaching around the house”. Growing up, he was fascinated with the Bible and dramatic styles of preaching exhibited by African American Clergy at the time. He could always be found on a Sunday morning or any given worship service, sitting on the front pew of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church in Greensboro, NC listening attentively to whomever was preaching that day.  He would later become active in Bethel from 1984 until May of 2000.  As a member, he used his gifts and talents as a Junior Usher, President of the local Y.P.D. Department, Acolyte Director, President of TaHas (a male mentoring group), percussionist, College Bible Study Director, and the coordinator of the Saturday Night Live Worship Services.

On March 31, 1998, after 6 years of running from the awesome calling and mandate on his life to preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he preached his initial sermon at the Bethel AME Church in Greensboro NC, under the Pastoral Leadership of Dr. Conrad K. Pridgen to whom Dr. Battle still submits as a spiritual mentor. The title of the message was “Out of Darkness and into the Light” (Genesis 1:1-5). He was formally licensed two days later by the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin S. Foust, the Presiding Elder of the local district. On June 13th, 1999, Dr. Battle was admitted on Trial to the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church by the Late Bishop Vinton R. Anderson and matriculated 3 years through the Board of Examiners. Dr. Battle’s zeal and anointing to reach youth and young adults was apparent and evident by countless invitations to preach as well as souls won to the kingdom of God.

In August of 2003, Dr. Battle united with the then Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Winston Salem NC, and for nine years served as the College/Young Adult Pastor and personal Adjutant to the Senior Pastor.  

As a son of two educators, Dr. Battle has proven himself not just with the burning for ministry, but the learning as well.  He is a product of the Guilford County School System.

He has earned and received the following degrees and awards
  • High school diploma from Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC     
  • Completed a 3-year course of study with the 2nd district AME Ministerial Board of Examiners
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Carolina Christian College (Cum Laude) in Winston Salem, NC
  • A Master of Theology Degree from Midwest College of Theology in Kansas City, MO
  • A Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Worship and Preaching from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC
  • A Doctor of Ministry Degree with a concentration in Christian Leadership and Renewal from The International Bible College in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, FL

On August 3, 2013, Dr. Battle was elected as the 15th pastor of the Little Bethlehem Christian Church of Eden, NC and was installed on December 15, 2013. For eight years under his administration, the church attained its 501c3 status as a corporation. Dr. Battle’s powerful preaching, extraordinary, vision, zeal, anointing and his love for people of all ages propelled the congregation forward at an unbelievable rate. Several new ministries were added to the church as well as technological and physical improvements were made to the current sanctuary. While pastoring LBCC, Dr. Battle had the happy privilege of serving as the Moderator for the Piedmont District Convention of the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) which encompasses over (20) churches in NC and VA from 2018 to 2021. He also sat on the Board of Directors (Administrative Council) for the Region of Virginia for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Battle also served as a member of the Eden, NC Ministerial Fellowship.  

In August of 2021, Dr. Battle was officially called to serve the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Greenville, SC as their 11th Pastor and was installed on February 20th, 2022. Currently he is a member of the Baptist Ministers Fellowship of Greenville, SC, a member of Pastors United in Action (PUA) of Greenville, SC. Dr. Battle is a member of the African American Clergy Leadership Council for Bon Secours Mercy Health, a member of the A.J. Whittenberg School Improvement Council and is also a member of Greenville, SC's Civitan's Organization. In just a brief time, growth, spiritually, numerically and financially has taken place at TBC. A new church website and app has been constructed and ministries have been re-vitalized.

Living the philosophy “beside every good man, there is a better woman”, he is married to the love of his life, the former Chantia L. Robinson of Chicago, IL, who is an alumnus of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC. Dr. and Lady Battle have two sons and a daughter, Byron Lamar Battle, Jr. and Isaiah Xavier Battle, and Princess Ashanti Battle.