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 about me 

Byron P. Franklin, Sr. is on a mission to help people from all walks of life learn how to #RuleTheDay and experience the fullness of the life God designed for them to live.  After achieving athletic success at Auburn University, Byron was a second round draft pick in the NFL, where he spent 7 years with the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.  Following a career ending knee injury, Byron returned to Auburn where he began the process of reinventing himself. He completed his education, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education.  It was during this season that Byron dedicated his life and established an intimate relationship with Christ.  From there, he began his journey of walking, hearing and obeying the voice of God which ultimately led to accepting the ministerial call upon his life.  Byron is a dynamic and energetic personality who has worn many hats throughout his career, such as Asst. Athletic Director at Auburn University, assistant basketball coach with Auburn women's basketball (Coach Joe Ciampi), 12 years on the Board of Trustees of Auburn University, Director of Special Markets and Public Relations with Buffalo Rock Bottling Company (17 years), Restaurant developer and owner (The Buffalo Connection), color analyst for men's basketball with the Auburn Network, and Chief Care Officer with Faith Chapel Christian Center, Birmingham, AL.  Byron is also the President and CEO of Greater Light Publishing, LLC, author of Men are Finders, Women are Choosers: Your Biblical Guide to Discovering Divine Relationship, and he is a musician/writer.  He now serves as Senior Pastor of Living Word Church in Livingston, AL, where he and his wife have worked to cast the vision #ExperienceLIFE to people all over the Black Belt region and throughout the world.  Byron has dedicated himself to giving back to the community by using his ministerial and NFL experience to coach and youth, middle school, and high school football.  He also works with the local school system in mentoring troubled youth.  Together  Byron and Meriam have five children, Byron Jr., Kelsie, Brandon, Bradley, and the newest addition to their family, Craig (13 years).


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