Dr. Helen Bessent Byrd was reared on a family farm in the rural hills of Georgia. She earned an associate degree at Warren Wilson College and a bachelor’s degree from Berea College. She immediately continued her education completing a Master of Education degree at Temple University, and later earned a doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut. After teaching in public schools, Dr. Byrd worked for 36 years as a professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education at Norfolk State University. Dr. Byrd retired from higher education to answer God’s call on her life by leaving her home and traveling 90 miles to attend seminary. Having earned a Master’s of Divinity degree, Rev. Dr. Byrd pastored Covenant Presbyterian Church for seven years. While going through life’s struggles of suffering from a crippling auto-immune disease, Rev. Dr. Byrd never gave up. Even when she suffered unjust persecution, she just kept on striving to be all God designed her to be. She devoted her life to helping to improve the lives of others through ministry, education, and counseling. Rev. Dr. Helen Bessent Byrd provides the following
TIPS FOR OTHER STEP UP SISTERS:
1. Always Trust God
2. Never Give Up
3. When knocked down, get back up
4. Never allow others to define you or block the good you can do.