Grace Lutheran Church


739 19th St. SE; Paris, TX 75460 903-784-3753

The Reverend Toby Obadiah Byrd is the son of a career army officer. Although born in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, he grew up in various areas of the country, mostly in Kansas. Pastor Byrd is a decorated veteran, having served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1967, completing three tours of duty during the Vietnam War.

Pastor Byrd entered Concordia Theological Seminary in March 1996 as a student in the first DELTO class, a program of contextual theological education leading to ordination. Graduating in February 2002, he was ordained and installed as Pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Honey Grove, Texas on March 10, 2002. After serving St. Luke’s for nine years and Grace Lutheran Church, in a vacancy role, for more than two years, Pastor Byrd was installed as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church on February 20, 2011.

Pastor Byrd and his wife, Sue were married in October, 1961. They have three daughters; Anna, Rhonda, and Gabriella, and five grandchildren; Derek, Blake, Morgan, Caitlyn, and Cody, and two great-grandchildren; Bella and Mason.

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