Jared Byrns serves as the Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma.
Jared grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City. He was raised in a Christian family and trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was five years old.
God began calling Jared into pastoral ministry when he was in junior high school, and he publicly surrendered to this call during his sophomore year at Moore High School. He started learning the ropes of ministry during high school by doing ministry with the staff of his home church—Southgate Baptist Church in Moore. This included everything from hospital visits, to teaching classes, to changing car headlights for widows from the church who didn’t know how. Southgate licensed Jared to preach after his graduation, and he began crisscrossing the state of Oklahoma to provide pulpit supply to various churches.
Jared attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship. There, he was faced with non-Christian professors who challenged his views. In response to these challenges, he studied hard in order to find the truth for himself and learn to defend it. His research solidified his belief in Jesus Christ and the historical Christian faith, and it developed in him a passion for Christian apologetics that he carries with him into ministry today.
He has served at Trinity since January 2016. Before this, he served churches in Lindsay, Blanchard, and Bethany, Oklahoma, and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jared earned his BA from the University of Oklahoma in May 2008 and is scheduled to receive his MA in Apologetics from Louisiana Baptist University in May 2019.
He is married to his lifelong friend, Charla. They have four children: Benjamin (7), Madeleine (6), Charlie (1), and Carly Jo (1 month and 2 weeks). Jared and his kids are enrolled citizens of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Outside of his ministry work, Jared is involved in several causes, focused particularly around the sanctity of life and educational freedom issues. In his spare time, Jared enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, and road trips with his family.