The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor Rev. Dr. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their Eleventh Pastoral Anniversary culminating with a special service on Sunday March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
The praise and worship service will begin at 2:45 p.m.
Shady Grove Associate Minister, Rev. Al Phillips will be the speaker for the 11:00 morning service. Rev. Dr. M. Keith McDaniel, Sr., Pastor of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C. will be the guest speaker for the 3:00 p.m. service. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.
Rev. and First Lady Byers have served the Shady Grove Church family for eleven years and are God’s servants for kingdom building. Pastor Byers is a son of Shady Grove and serves as member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association Trustee Board, President of the Thickety Mountain Non-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, member of the Greater Gaffney Ministerial Association, an advisor to the Thickety Mountain Brotherhood Auxiliary, and an annual teacher with the Thickety Mountain Congress of Christian Education. He is also a very active member and participant in all activities of the Cherokee County “Giving Back” Organization. Rev. Byers received the bachelor and master’s degrees from the North Carolina College of Theology and his doctorate degree from Carolina College of Theology. He has published a book entitled, “The Fundamentals of Faith”. Rev. Byers’ first pastorate position was with the Lewis Chapel Baptist Church, affiliated with the Tyger River Baptist Association, Glendale, SC for12 years.
Rev. Byers has long worked to keep the art form of “rote singing” alive and has organized Hymn Choirs at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Mt. Calvary Church in White Stone, SC., Majority Baptist Church in Spartanburg, Mikes Creek Baptist Church in Gaffney, and New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. He is renowned for his ability to “raise hymns” in various meters as Common Meter (CM), Long Meter (LM), Short Meter (SM), and other meters. The song’s meter indicates the melody line and rhythm. This style of singing dates back to slavery when lead singers in the fields would announce the meter and the words to the song and the others would follow.
Rev. Byers is married to the former Esther Montgomery Byers of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and twelve grandchildren. First Lady Byers serves as a member of the Shady Grove Women’s Ministry, a Youth Supervisor, an advisor to the Young Women’s Ministry (YWA), and a member of the Thickety Mountain Ministers Wives Auxiliary.
The Youth Choir will provide special music during the morning worship service.
Everyone is cordially invited to be with us as we give God the praise and celebrate this momentous occasion. An anniversary luncheon will be provided immediately following the service.
Trustee Julitan Foster is Chairperson of the Shepherd’s Care Ministry
James Pearson is Chairman of the Deacons Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers is Pastor