Rev. Dayton Almon Birt, 65, of N. Dinwiddie, VA, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Dayton was currently serving as the Bishop & CEO of Redemption Ministries in Prince George, VA. In his early ministry, Dayton served as associate pastor under the mentorship of his father, Rev. Almon Birt, while also starting a Christian School and daycare in Greensburg, PA. In 1984, he chose to move to Virginia Beach to attend CBN University, now Regent University, where he earned a master’s degree. During that time, he also served as Christian Education Director at Norview PHC, later named Living Word Church, in Norfolk, VA, where he later became senior pastor for twelve years. In 1998, he was elected to serve as the Conference Christian Education Director in which he served until 2007. He was then elected to serve in the current role as Bishop.
Dayton was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his family, and ministering to others. He never met a stranger and always found the best in everyone.
Dayton is preceded in death by his mother Lillian Marie (Janzen) Birt and an infant sister, Caroll Marie Birt.
Dayton is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Lynn Lakin Birt; three daughters, Carrie Poole and husband, Matt, Kristin Stone and husband, Sam, and Katy Yeatts and husband, Alex; grandchildren, Ainsley, Kaydence, Paisley, Sawyer and Lorelei; father, Rev. Almon Birt and his wife, Kathy; siblings, Darrell Birt and wife, Lisa, Debbie Prohaska and husband, Bill, Dawn Rose and husband, Scott; along with several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022 at Abundant Life Church, 6500 Middle Road, Prince George, Virginia 23875, during which a live video stream of the service will be available for viewing online at www.ealvinsmall.com/obituary/Dayton-Birt . Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night, October 13, 2022 at Abundant Life Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests supporting a passion of Dayton’s, Redemption Ministries Summer Youth Camps, www.redemptionministries.com or by calling (804) 862-9201 for assistance. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes, 2033 Boulevard. Online condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.