Byron Yawn Biography – Byron Yawn Wiki
Byron Yawn is a former pastor at the Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the CEO and owner of Forrest Crain & Company, a Nashville-area business-consulting firm. He served as the Executive Director of Patriot Forward, a charity established by Ben Zobrist. Zobrist is a former professional baseball player having played in Major League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs. Zobrist played in three World Series, is the winner of the last two and became a two-time World Series champion in the consecutive seasons of 2015 with the Royals and 2016 with the Cubs.
Julianna Zobrist Byron Yawn – Ben Zobrist Wife Affair
Ben Zobrist is married to Julianna Zobrist. Zobrist and Julianna were married in 2005 and have three children. In a lawsuit filed in a Tennessee circuit court on May 6, 2021, former Major League Baseball star Ben Zobrist claims his wife Julianna Zobrist had an affair with their pastor, Byron Yawn.
Yawn was the Senior Pastor and Elder at Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was employed for approximately twenty years as both pastor and elder.
Beginning in 2005, Zobrist and his wife regularly attended Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where Byron Yawn was Senior Pastor. In 2005, Yawn provided pre-marital counseling to both Benjamin Zobrist and his fiancé, and later wife, Julianna Zobrist.
Later, in 2007, and again in 2016-2017, Mr. Zobrist entered into counseling with Mr. Yawn with respect to certain struggles he was encountering with anxiety and depression.
Both Mr. Zobrist and his wife also regularly sought the advice and counsel of the Defendant as their pastor and counselor in how to strengthen their marriage relationship in 2013.
Commencing in August of 2018, Mr. Yawn began having regular conversations with Ben Zobrist’s wife, Julianna Zobrist on a daily basis. In September of 2018, during the time that he was providing pastoral counseling to Mr. Zobrist, Mr. Yawn also began secretly pursuing an intimate relationship with Mr. Zobrist’s wife.
Yawn’s romantic involvement with Ms. Zobrist escalated in the spring of 2019, when he began meeting her for sex. Yawn secretly maintained a sexually intimate relationship with Zobrist’s wife for the remainder of 2019 and into the spring of 2020.
Yawn also encouraged Zobrist’s wife to keep secret from her husband the true nature of her relationship with Mr. Yawn through their mutual use of “burner phones”. In May of 2019, Yawn’s wife, Robin Yawn discovered that he had a burner phone. Mrs. Yawn told her husband that if Julianna Zobrist did not tell Zobrist about this, that she would do so. Mrs. Yawn did confide to Mr. Zobrist the following day that she believed her husband and his wife were having an emotional relationship, but nothing physical.
In response to this revelation by Ms. Zobrist, Zobrist and his wife began marital counseling with the goal of re-strengthening their marriage. It is Zobrist’s understanding that Byron Yawn and his wife, Robin Yawn also engaged in marital counseling sometime in 2019 following her discovery of Mr. Yawn’s burner phone.
Zobrist was scheduled to return playing professional baseball in the summer of 2019. He was unable to do so, however, due to the newly discovered information from Robin Yawn, and his need to turn his focus entirely on repairing his marital relationship. As a consequence, Mr. Zobrist forfeited four months of his 2019 season of his professional baseball contract resulting in approximately eight million dollars of lost income.
Zobrist did not discover until June 3, 2020, when his wife admitted for the first time in response to a set of written requests for admission in a divorce proceeding, that she and Byron Yawn had been engaged in a sexual relationship for several months and that she had lied about this to Mr. Zobrist.
Byron Yawn Wife
Byron Yawn is married to his wife Robin Yawn. They grew up down the street from each other. According to Byron Yawn’s bio on christianity.com, “They were high school sweethearts and had the special blessing of coming to faith during the same period of their lives. Their marriage has been about the Gospel from the very beginning.”
Byron Yawn Children
Byron Yawn and his wife Robin have three children; Lauren, Wade and Blake.
Byron Yawn Net Worth
Byron Yawn’s net worth is unclear. He is the owner of a consulting business known as Forrest Crain & Company. As Executive Director of Patriot Forward, the charitable organization founded by Zobrist, Yawn was paid a salary of $3,500 per month. In June of 2018, Yawn was involved in all aspects of Zobrist’s charity, writing himself into all aspects of the organization from content development to copyrighting, to writing the curriculum for the young players. In the beginning, Yawn was charging the organization various rates for his work: $50.00 per hour for Curriculum Development; $37.50 per hour for Consultation/Project Management; for an estimated combined hourly rate of $87.50.
On September 19, 2018, Yawn emailed a proposed budget for the organization that included a salary for himself of $36,000.00 per year, according to court documents.