About Jared

Jared Byrns serves as the pastor of Central Baptist Church, a conservative Southern Baptist congregation in downtown Lawton, Oklahoma.

He has spent his entire adult life in ministry, preaching (19 years) and pastoring (13 years) in churches in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He has served at Central since August 2020.

He trusted Jesus as his Savior at 5 and surrendered to the ministry at 15. His childhood faith was challenged and strengthened in college due to the skeptical questions he endured. In response, he studied arguments and evidence on all sides and came away more convinced than ever of the life-changing truth of the Gospel. In particular, the resurrection of Jesus has remained his favorite topic to study, teach, and discuss ever since.

Because of these experiences, two of Jared’s greatest passions in ministry are apologetics and disciple-making: equipping others to defend their Christian faith and training them to follow Jesus faithfully.

He earned his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and his M.A. in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University, and he is working on a Doctorate of Biblical Studies. He has written four books, including his latest, Christs in Contrast, which explores how Biblical Christianity and several other religions answer Jesus’ question: Who do you say that I am?

Jared has also been active in several political causes—particularly advocating for the unborn. He has served more than a decade on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Conservative Assembly, including six years as president. In addition, he has been elected to various party offices and currently serves on the board of the local pregnancy center.

Jared is married to his lifelong friend, Charla. God has blessed them with five children: Benjamin (11), Madeleine (9), Charlie (4), Carly Jo (3), and Abigail (9 months). They live in the Wichita Mountains, just outside of Lawton.

He enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and hiking in his free time. He loves history and often drags his kids on road trips to obscure spots where something happened long ago. Jared is also a seventh-generation Oklahoman, an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and a tribally recognized artisan specializing in woodworking.