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Rev. Mike Byars
Minister of Senior Adults and Pastoral Care

Mike was born and reared in Birmingham, Alabama.  As the Minister of Senior Adults and Pastoral Care, his areas of responsibility are:  (1) a Comprehensive Ministry to the Senior Adults of First Baptist Church of Alabaster, and (2) the planning, organizing and directing of all aspects of the Pastoral Care Ministry.

Mike began serving at First Baptist Church of Alabaster on April 19, 1982.  He served as Minister of Music and Youth from 1982 until 1986.  From 1986 until January 2, 2006, he served as Minister of Music and Senior Adults.  On January 3, 2006, he began serving as Minister of Senior Adults and Pastoral Care.  He still directs the Senior Adult Choir.

He is a graduate of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, with a Concentration in Voice, including a Degree with Recital Certificate.  He earned a Master of Church Music Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas, with a Concentration in Ministry on the Local Church Field.

Mike is married to Janie.  She is a graduate of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  She holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Montevallo, in Montevallo, Alabama.  Janie retired from teaching 7th Grade English at Riverchase Middle School, after 30 and 1/2 years of teaching and encouragement in Texas and Alabama.  She enjoys co-teaching the 6th Grade Sunday School Class and helping Mike in ministry.  Mike and Janie have two sons, Brent and Brandon.

Brent and his wife, Christy, are graduates of The University of Montevallo, in Montevallo, Alabama.  Brent earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement in Social Sciences.  He has earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration and an EdS Degree (Education Specialist).  Brent is the Principal at Thompson Intermediate School.  Christy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a Concentration in Management.  Christy is a Physicians Liaison Specialist at Brookwood Baptist Shelby Medical Center.    At First Baptist Church of Alabaster, Brent sings in the Celebration Choir and on the Praise Team, and Co-Teaches the 4th Grade Sunday School Class.  Christy Co-Teaches the 4 Year Old Sunday School Class.  Brent and Christy have two sons, Brooks Nathaniel and Hudson John, and one daughter, Maryn Elizabeth.

Brandon is a graduate of Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education.  He has also earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education through the University of West Alabama, in Livingston, Alabama.  Brandon is pursuing an EdS Degree (Education Specialist).  Brandon teaches Physical Education at Helena Intermediate.  His wife, Sara, is a graduate of Samford University "Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing," in Birmingham, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has earned a Nurse Practitioner Degree from U.A.B.  Sara is a Nurse Practitioner and Manager at Alabama Pain Physicians.  At First Baptist Church of Alabaster, Brandon sings in the Celebration Choir, and sings on the Praise Team, and Co-Teaches the 5th Grade Sunday School Class.  Sara Co-Teaches the 3rd Grade Sunday School Class.  Brandon and Sara have two sons,
Grant Michael and Nathan (Nate) Thomas.

Mike's desire in our Senior Adult Ministry is to lead all of our Senior Adults, through varied ministries and activities, to grow in the Lord and to be all that He would have us to be.  We are encouraged to keep on serving the Lord with our talents, gifts and abilities.  Please see the Senior Adult area of our website for a schedule of Ministries and Activities.  Mike prays that each individual will "develop to the fullest" their God-given talents for the glory of God and for His service.  He believes we are to enjoy abundant life as we serve the Lord together.  "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."  John 10:10b (KJV)

Mike coordinates the Pastoral Care Ministry as the Ministerial Staff visits and ministers to those who are in the Hospitals.  Mike also visits those who are in Nursing Homes, those who are in Assisted Living Facilities, and those who are Shut-ins in their Homes.  The Staff and the Senior Adults lead the way as Church Members of all ages minister to their fellow members in countless ways.  Our Church has many Volunteers who serve the Lord through our Home Ministry by visiting our Shut-ins, sharing a Sunday School Lesson, praying with them, and ministering to them.  Our church also reaches out to those in our community as we seek to minister in the name of Jesus Christ.  Mike believes we are blessed to be a blessing!
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  I Peter 5:7 NIV

Mike enjoys spending time with his family, going to the lake and a variety of sports.

His favorite scripture is:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5 & 6 (NIV)