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Dr. Byron Preston

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Office: H-18

Phone: 451-4363


While yet a young boy residing in Roosevelt, he and his family attended the Greater Second Baptist Church in Freeport, NY where the Dr. E. Mitchell Mallette was pastor. It was here that he began his Assistant Minister of Music apprenticeship under the late Reverend Benny Cummings. After many years of studying and perfecting his gift for the upbuilding of the Kingdom, Byron was led to the Church of God in Christ Little Zion, where the Bishop Frank Otha White and Dr. Frank Anthone White are Co-Pastors. It was here that he received the polish on an already perfect gem, as well as the calling in 1991 to the other part of his ministry. For more than 15 years, he served as the Director of Music at the Headquarters Church of the Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Eastern New York, as well as part of the Associate Clergy.

Elder Preston, (known in other circles as Mr. P.) is a kind warmhearted educator who takes pleasure in bringing music to life to young listeners, concert goers and aspiring artists. He himself has shared the stage with many admired personalities at concert halls around the Tri-State area including Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden and the Nassau Coliseum. To his credit, is a resume of solid musical training in versatile genres, all at which he has excelled since childhood--one of the traits that makes him a widely respected and sought after musician. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Education, he has carried the name of Five Towns College with pride and integrity.

Presently, he is the Assistant Pastor of the Galilee Church of God in Christ, Riverhead, NY, where the Dr. Roy L. Pennon, Sr. is the pastor. He and Crystal, his wife of 16+ years, are raising their three sons Byron Rashon, Jalyn Tirel and Aaron Roy-Al to develop their own passion for work in ministry.

His affinity for the heart of Ministry is further proven by the love and devotion he receives from his YFC-Kids (Youths for Christ), their parents and the parishioners of Galilee, who have lovingly given him the knickname of Elder Precious. It is a name that fits him well.

Byron Preston