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Our Pastor

Rev. Byron L. Cox

Rev. Cox is the youngest of six children born to the late Wesley and Ida Cox.  He accepted Christ at Highland Park Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late R.A. Lyons.


He attended and graduated from the Jefferson County Public School System, where he excelled as an athlete.  Upon graduation from high school, he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, GA on a basketball scholarship.  After returning home from Georgia, he continued his studies at Jefferson Community College where he obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management.  He later attended Milligan College in Tennessee, on a basketball scholarship, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Bible and earned his Bachelors of Science Degree upon completion.

As a born again Christian and student of the Bible, Rev. Cox continued his divinity studies at Simmons Bible College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1989 to 1990.


Being led by the Holy Spirit Rev. Cox announced his call to the ministry at Highland Park Missionary Baptist Church in 1992.  In 1995 he was ordained and was accepted as an Associate Minister from 1995 to 1998 under the leadership of the late Rev. William T. Lee.

Rev. Cox was well aware of the calling that God had on his life.  He was active at Highland Park eagerly teaching and training the youth and at the midweek services, prayer service, and Vacation Bible School.  In addition to serving his church, he was active in the Central District as a teacher for the Youth March for Christ and Dawn Sunday School.

After serving as Assistant Pastor from 1990-2001, he's lead various teaching and serving ministries assigned by Rev. Lee and the Late Rev. Albert E. Hampton.  Upon the sudden passing of Rev. Hampton, Rev. Cox was called by Highland Park Missionary Baptist Church to serve as the Interim Pastor from December 2000 through December 2001.  After the interim period we the Highland Park Missionary Baptist Church family called him as our Pastor, and he was installed on December 16, 2001.


Rev. Cox married the former Kimberly Ellis in October 2004.  First Lady, Kim Cox, is the daughter of William and Peggy Ellis.

Rev. Cox is humbled by God’s presence and works in his life.  He has committed himself to the faithful service of the Lord. Rev. Cox’s favorite scripture is Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid." KJV

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