The Diocese of Los Angeles, through the Program Group on Black Ministries, will
present its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, 4 p.m.
at Christ the Good Shepherd Church, Los Angeles, 3303 West Vernon Ave. Los Angeles
Featured speaker will be the Rev. Ron Byrd, missioner for African Descent
Ministries for The Episcopal Church.
Byrd, who took part in a panel discussion on new communities at the L.A.
diocese’s Nov. 10 – 11 annual convention, is a strong proponent of entrepreneurial
ministry and leadership development. He worked for 20 years in executive
management, including positions at four Fortune 500 companies. He has served as a
deputy to General Convention, a design team member for international Black clergy
conferences, and as lead consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation’s newest
leadership development program, Vital Teams.
In 2011, Byrd and the congregation of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church in
Williamston, Mich., created and launched Forster Woods Adult Day Center, a facility
that ministers to persons living with dementia and other physical and mental
The service will also be streamed online at the EDLA YouTube.
A soul food reception will follow the service.