This Sunday, July 25, we will conclude our celebration of voices from the past in our worship with guest proclaimer Don Flowers and guest soloist Tyrese Byrd. Both are familiar to First Baptist Greenville.
Although he grew up in the American South, Dr. Don Flowers is now learning life in a new country as he serves as pastor of Port Williams United Baptist Church in Port Williams, Nova Scotia. Prior to arriving at Port Williams United Baptist Church, he served as the pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Charleston, SC, for 21 years. He served as Minister of Youth at First Baptist Greenville, SC, from 1987-1998.
Don has degrees from Wake Forest University (BA in Religion), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div) and Emory University (Doctor of Ministry). His doctoral dissertation is titled Sexual Ethics for Parents.
Don served on the board of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, serving as the chair on two different occasions. He was the 2009 recipient of the Murray L Vincent Award by the Campaign, given to the Outstanding Prevention Professional. After the shootings at Emanuel AME Church, he helped organize the first Stand Up Sunday, an effort of churches to bring about reform in gun laws in SC.
Don and his wife, Anita, have two daughters: Alison, married to James Hollis, and mother to Beau; and Savannah who is married to Jonathan Hnatow. Don and Anita are the author of I Corinthians: Growing through Diversity, the annual Bible Study published by Smyth and Helwys. In addition, Don blogs about his experience of ministering in a new land at www.preachingontheborder.com.
Tyrese Byrd, a native of Greenville, was a soloist at First Baptist Greenville while a student at Furman University. He is a South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities alum and a 2020 graduate of Furman (Vocal Performance Degree). While at Furman, Tyrese sang with Furman Singers, Furman Chamber Choir and Furman Lyric Theatre. He is now pursuing a Masters of Music degree at the University of Michigan. In addition to roles in opera and musical theater and solos in concerts, Tyrese was a Colburn Foundation Fellow, attending SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA. This summer, he is teaching at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.