A native of Washington, D.C., Rev. Dr. Keith William Byrd, Sr., is Pastor at the historic 151-year-old Zion Baptist Church in Northwest, Washington D.C. He was called as the church's ninth pastor in January 2006. Rev. Byrd first accepted the call to preach in 1997, and was both licensed and ordained at the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, Maryland under the pastorate of Rev. Perry A. Smith, III.
Rev. Byrd is a gifted preacher, teacher and leader. His Zion congregants characterize him as "energetic," "generous," and "motivational." Zion Baptist Church has thrived under his leadership. With God’s guidance and Rev. Byrd’s visionary leadership, Zion desires to be a family church, empowered by the love of Christ, to serve the family of God. With this vision, Rev. Byrd has combined the Diaconate ministry to include both men and women; reestablished the Young Adults and Parents Ministries; and expanded the Bereavement Ministry. He has overseen church renovations which included the installation of a new elevator, new pews, sanctuary lighting, stained glass windows, and an archival hallway to display Zion’s rich history. Under Rev. Byrd's leadership, Zion has adopted a revised church constitution as well as created a Community Relations Ministry, and most recently restructured Zion Community Enterprises, a 501(c)3 entity. A few years ago, Zion embarked on its 5-year Strategic Plan for Ministry (2013-2018), a brain child of Rev. Byrd and the culmination of several small groups, workshops, and leadership summits. This Strategic Plan helps guide Zion in the areas of Christian Education, Leadership, Evangelism, Disciple Engagement, Diaconate Effectiveness, Facility and Technology Enhancements. Last year, Zion started a Leadership Academy to train Christian leaders in the church.
Rev. Byrd is an active member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, serving as Vice-President of the Eastern Region; the Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, serving as treasurer; the D.C. Baptist Convention; the Missionary Baptist Minister's Conference of DC and Vicinity, and the Carter Baron Cluster of Churches. Most recently, he has been elected among his peers and confirmed as Chairperson of the Mayor's Interfaith Council for Washington, DC.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Church Leadership from the Wesley Theological Seminary. In addition, two years ago he was inducted into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers.
Rev. Byrd has preached at various revivals, retreats, conventions, as well as other church and academic venues across the nation. Rev. Dr. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. is married to Kimberly Oneida Byrd, and they have two sons, Keith, Jr. and Kevin.