About Us.

We are a Christ-centered, God-fearing, and Spirit-filled congregation.

Our mission is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. With caring and open hearts, we seek to exemplify our love through multiple ministries and worship experiences intentionally designed to reach our diverse, postmodern society.

Oakwood University Church is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a world-wide organization with more than 19 million members in countries around the world.

Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed of faith and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be in harmony with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

The Oakwood University Church is also home to the weekly international television broadcast, Breath of Life.  To learn more about Breath of Life Television Ministries, please visit breathoflife.tv  



Here at the Oakwood University church we have something just for you. From our worship experiences to ministry offerings to different events, there is something always planned with you in mind to get you connected with Jesus Christ and connected to a church family. If you are in the Huntsville area we invite you join us. If you are looking for a church, look no further. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Pastor Carlton P. Byrd

Lead Pastor
Dr. Carlton P. Byrd is currently the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast for the SDA Church in North America.

Pastor Marc Stephen Raphael

Associate Pastor – Children’s Ministry
Marc Stephen Raphael was born in Los Angeles, California. Marc is married to Rhonda, formerly Jones, and they have seven adult children and eight grandchildren. Marc loves to write songs and plays.

Pastor Paul Goodridge

Associate Pastor- General
Was born and raised in London, England. He emigrated to the United States in his late teens and settled in New York City.  There he became involved in music and youth ministry eventually serving as a youth elder.

Dr. Toussaint Williams

Associate Pastor- General
Dr. Toussaint Williams was born in New Orleans, LA but spent most of his developmental years in Houston, TX. From his beginning in pastoral ministry to the present, Dr. Williams has purposed in his heart to follow the Lamb wherever He goes.

Pastor Lloyd H. Wilson

Associate Pastor – Visitation & Bereavement
A native of New Haven CT, Pastor Lloyd H. Wilson has served in active ministry for over 50 years. Beyond his primary role as Associate Pastor, Pastor Wilson also has a passion for outreach in the Huntsville community as he is often seen assisting with the “Meals on Wheels” program and actively supporting the area public and private schools.

Pastor Jason C. North

Associate Pastor – Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Jason C. North was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Dr. James J. North Jr. and Audrey C. North. Pastor North has 3 older sisters. He lives in Huntsville, AL but considers Berrien Springs, Michigan, his hometown.