Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd


Having confessed and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in early childhood; Malcolm was baptized at the age of 10 by his pastor Rev. Dr. M. M. Peace, at the Monumental Baptist Church where he was later licensed and ordained into Christian ministry by Rev. Dr. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr.  From 2007-2016 he was blessed to serve as an Associate Minister at the Monumental Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Since 2016 Rev. Byrd has served as an Associate Minister of Zion Hill Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Quincy C. Hobbs Likewise during this time he has also served as pulpit supply minister at the Cathedral of Praise Community Church, pastored by Rev. Dr. LaVerne Adams. Both congregations are based in Philadelphia.

Dr. Byrd is an Adjunct Faculty member of Eastern University where he teaches undergraduate courses in Biblical, Theological, Political Science and Interdisciplinary subjects. He also periodically serves as guest lecturer for graduate and doctoral course instructors at the affiliated Palmer Theological Seminary. 

Rev. Dr. Byrd completed the Doctor of Ministry degree, in Renewal of the Church for Mission, at the Palmer Theological Seminary where he previously earned both Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degrees. Dr. Byrd also completed graduate studies at Antioch University (M.Ed.) and the University of Pennsylvania (MGA).  

He completed a one year Senior Theological Field Education pastoral internship at The Church of the Redeemer Baptist in Philadelphia. For many years, Rev. Byrd, served in lay-ministry leadership positions at the Monumental, Sharon and First Corinthian Baptist Churches located in Philadelphia. He presently serves as an on-call volunteer Chaplain with the Philadelphia Police, Fire and Prison Departments. 

He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia, member of both the Baptist Pastors and Ministers and Evening Conferences of Philadelphia and member of Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association (PEKBA). He previously served as a faculty member of the PEKBA clergy ordination team. Byrd previously served as an Associate Chaplain with the New Courtland Elder Services in Philadelphia.

Dr. Byrd is the founder of, His Disciple Renewal Ministries. Dr. Byrd has served on several doctoral defense committees as a reader and candidate mentor and currently serves on the Field Advisory Committee for the Master of Public Leadership degree program of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Likewise he is a certified Theological Field Education supervisor for both Palmer Theological and Lutheran Theological seminaries. Dr. Byrd is a former executive committee and board member of Interfaith Philadelphia. His Interfaith work has culminated in international fellowship and pilgrimages to Israel, Turkey, Korea and Sierra Leone.  

Dr. Byrd currently serves as a senior manager with the American Bible Society and is responsible for Community Relations. He was previously employed as a public administrator in the City of Philadelphia government for nearly thirty years and in his last assignment served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives. During his public employment Dr. Byrd acquired professional expertise in Behavioral and Ambulatory Health Administration and Health Promotions. Dr. Byrd is a professional peer-reviewer for select federal government agencies within the Departments of Labor, Education and Health & Human Services.

Dr. Byrd has received numerous awards and recognitions for his professional and civic service. He currently serves as President of NewCORE (New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity) and as a public theologian, Dr. Byrd is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia Forum for Faith, Law and Civics (Forum Philly).a social welfare nonprofit organization.