Church Staff

Progressive Baptist Church is staffed by a wonderful team committed to serving our members and visitors with excellence. Through the main office, you acquire up-to-date calendar information, request usage of the facility, and schedule appointments. 

Please reference the information listed below for detailed staff listings: 


Mrs. Erica Jai Byrd
Director of Church Operations
[email protected]

Mr. Shannon Montgomery
Building & Grounds Maintenance Contractor


Erica Jai Byrd


Erica came to faith at the age of 5 and remained an active member of her home church before joining Progressive under the leadership of Pastor Charlie.  She believes fully in the mission and vision of Progressive, and the church universal, and she aims to lead the church with that vision in mind.


Erica is a proud alumna of Howard University in the nation's capital, where she received her Bachelor of Arts.  In 2013, she completed her Master of Arts at DePaul University. 


Erica is married to her lifelong sweetheart Joshua K. Byrd.

Sean Montgomery

Shannon, affectionately called "Sean" by the members of Progressive, leads the Building & Grounds Maintenance team.  He assumed the role after training under his great-great uncle Deacon James Taylor, who has served the church for over 60 years.

In addition to his role at Progressive, Shannon works part-time at RCB Publishing, an independent Publishing House.