"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction" 2nd Timothy 4: 2 (NIV)
Pastor Michael D. Tyler
Pastor Tyler is the third of five Children. His parents are Andrew Tyler and Evon Addison. His beautiful wife is Sister Beverly Ann Tyler. 1st Lady Tyler is the youngest daughter of eight children born to the late Willie and Violet "Sister" Johnson. She was born and raised in Keatchie, Louisiana and baptized at the Mary Evergreen Baptist Church by Pastor Sheldon Birdsong. 1st Lady Tyler united with the Avenue Baptist Church in 2003 and worked with the Youth Ministry and Avenue Angels Ministry. She is a graduate of Southern University where she earned her degree in Health Information Technology and Coding. 1st Lady Tyler is employed by the Willis Knighton Health System as a Medical Coder. They are the parents of three children and have three grand-sons.
As a child, Pastor Tyler was brought up in the M. L. K. neighborhood of Shreveport, better known as the (Cooper Road). He received Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age, and was baptized at the Avenue Baptist Church by the late Dr. Lawrence Daniel Scott on October 14, 1979. After graduating from Northwood High School, Pastor Tyler enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country faithfully for 4 years, achieving the rank of Corporal. Upon returning home, he was hired by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a corrections deputy for approximately two years. He was then hired by the Shreveport Police Department in March of 1997 and worked as a Patrol Officer for 6 years and a Property Crimes Investigator for 8 years. In September of 2011, Pastor Tyler was selected and transferred to the Domestic Violence Unit. Along with investigating domestic violence cases, he also teaches domestic violence prevention in public forums. He has been a guest panelist, discussing the impact of domestic violence on the family and he teaches new recruits at the Shreveport Regional Police Academy. Pastor Tyler has also taught courses to Clergy about how to counsel victims of domestic violence within their congregations and communities. He is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and was honored on October 19, 2012 by being one of two recipients of the Annual Trey Hutchison Award for his efforts in the investigation, education, and prevention of domestic violence. Pastor Tyler was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January of 2015 and assigned as a Patrol Supervisor for the Shreveport Police Department where he worked for over a year. In March of 2016 he was selected by the Chief of Police and reassigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau. Pastor Tyler is an honor graduate of the United Baptist Theological Seminary and Bible College in Shreveport, Louisiana where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theology. He also earned his Master's Degree in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Louisiana Baptist University.
Prior to being called to the Upper Zion Baptist Church, Pastor Tyler was a faithful member of the Avenue Baptist Church in Shreveport Louisiana, where he and his wife have served as Youth Directors. He then served as the Minister of Youth and Children under the leadership of Pastor Clarence L. Hicks, Sr. He was also a Sunday School Teacher, he was responsible for Youth and Children's Bible Study, assisted with the Young Adult Ministry and the organization and development of Children's Church. He served in the Media and Communications Ministry and as the Website Administrator. He also served on numerous committees and assisted his pastor as needed or requested. Pastor Tyler lives by the motto, "You Can't Preach Above Your Lifestyle". He displays a passion for the Word of God and loving heart for the People of God.