Winfred Tyler, 56, lives in Harker Heights and works in Killeen.
What is your job title? My job title is pastor. I am the pastor at Simmonsville Missionary Baptist Church in Killeen.
What brought you to the area?
The pastor here passed away last April. This was my home church when I started preaching 33 years ago. When the old pastor passed away, they called me in for a pastor interview. I was the one selected, so here I am.
What other churches have you preached at?
I have preached at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Rockdale and Summerhill Missionary Baptist Church in Pelham, Georgia.
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from San Antonio. I was born and raised in San Antonio.
Tell me about your family.
I am married to a beautiful lady named Barbara for the past eight years. Together, my wife and I have seven children. I have four and she has three. Four beautiful daughters and three handsome sons, three handsome grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter I am blessed with. Our children’s names are Natasha, Kimberly, Sha’londa, Winfred Tyler Jr., Allen, Julian and Shyquandria.
What community work do you do?
I just got here in June; however, I have a lot of things planned to do. On the ninth of September the church will be doing community outreach carnival. The event will have games, all kinds of evangelistic tools. This event is open to the community. My overall goal is to do many things to form an outreach for our community and evangelize. I am a community pastor.
In November, we are planning a “No More Violence” outreach ministry. We will have people come down from Dallas and assist us with this event.
We will hand out backpacks at this event and more, and try to cut down on violence in the area.
What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights and why?
My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Cheddars because I love the service, it’s economical as far as price and the wait staff is always pretty pleasant. It is always nice and clean.
What is your favorite store to shop at in Harker Heights?
My favorite store to shop at in Harker Heights is Ross.
If you could bring anything new to Harker Heights what would it be?
I would bring a KISD resource center in Harker. Heights instead of just having one in Killeen. I would also bring to Harker Heights, if I could, an outreach center to help underprivileged children and adults, a food bank and men’s clothing stores.
What was the last book that you read?
The last book that I read was “Understanding by Prayer” by E.M. Bounds.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie that I saw was “Girl Trip.”