Jared Byrns was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1985 and raised in a Christian family. At the age of 5, he trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was called to preach during his sophomore year in high school. After graduating, he attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship. Confronted by non-believing professors, he studied hard to find the truth for himself; this solidified his belief in Jesus Christ and the historic Christian faith and developed his passion for preaching and apologetics.
Since January 2016, he has served as the Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma. He previously served churches in Lindsay, Blanchard, Norman, and Bethany, Oklahoma, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, along with teaching in a series of Christian schools. He earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and has started working toward an MA in Apologetics from Louisiana Baptist University.
He is the author of two books. Unwitting Crusaders looks at the evolution of the relationship between Islam and the West, from the First Crusade until 9/11. Grace Expectations recounts how God can use times of pain and struggle to teach His people the meaning and importance of grace.
Most importantly, Jared is married to his lifelong friend, Charla, and is the daddy of six beautiful children: Benjamin (6) and Madeleine (4); Charlie, who is expected in July 2017; and Jordan, Joseph, and Micah, who are already in Heaven. He is a native of Moore, a 7th-generation Oklahoman, and an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He is a Constitutionalist, involved in grassroots activism, especially on right-to-life and school choice issues. Outside of his ministry work, his hobbies include fishing with his kids and exploring the back roads of Oklahoma.