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Oakwood University Church to Honor Tennessee Resident for Actions in Waffle House Incident

James Shaw, Jr. heroically disarmed restaurant shooter in Nashville

The Oakwood University Church, in conjunction with Breath of Life Television Ministries, will honor James Shaw, Jr. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Shaw, the Nashville, Tennessee, resident who disarmed a gunman, attended F.H. Jenkins Preparatory School (an elementary school that is part of the South Central Conference) in Nashville for several years.

Shaw has been hailed as a hero for disarming Travis Jeffrey Reinking, the gunman who attacked patrons at a Waffle House Restaurant in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville this past Sunday, April 22, 2018. Four individuals were killed and two were injured from gunshots.

Shaw will receive recognition for his bravery and briefly address the audience. He will also be available for a press conference immediately following the Worship Experience. The Oakwood University Church has a membership of over 2,500, and also ministers to the nearly 2,000 students who attend Oakwood University. Dr. Carlton P. Byrd has been the church’s senior pastor since 2012. The Breath of Life Television Ministry was founded in 1974. Byrd became its third speaker/director in 2010. While many of its broadcasts originate from the Oakwood University Church, Byrd is in high demand as a speaker and preaches to audiences around the world.

For more information regarding Shaw’s visit, please call Pastor Paul Goodridge, associate pastor of the Oakwood University Church, at 1(256)837-1255, ext. 102; or send an email to