2003-12-26 / Community

Taylor Named New Pastor at First Baptist

By Brendan Brosh
Taylor Named New Pastor at First Baptist By Brendan Brosh

The First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway has chosen a new pastor for the congregation. After weeks of interviews, the congregation has selected Edward Taylor from a competitive pool of candidates.

Taylor, a 34-year-old Louisiana native, has high hopes for his new post. "Rockaway is in the midst of a great redevelopment," says Taylor. "I see our church as being part of that."

With only three weeks since his appointment, Taylor will be formally installed as Pastor in mid-January.

Viola Akers, Chairwoman of the Church’s Trustee Board, says the congregation is excited about their new pastor. "When we were interviewing pastor candidates, everyone had a good feeling about Pastor Taylor," says Akers.

Taylor began his ministry as a 22 year old in rural Louisiana and most recently served as pastor in Princeton, New Jersey. "I’ve had great experiences in rural and suburban congregations," says Taylor. "Now I look forward to ministering in Rockaway."

Among his objectives for the congregation, Taylor hopes to develop a youth ministry that goes beyond the choir. "I think that counseling, recreation, bible study and young adult meetings are necessary for a successful youth program here at First Baptist," says the new pastor.

Taylor believes in the importance of education and has studied at some impressive universities in the world, including stints in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Currently, he is a degree candidate at Harvard Divinity School. He was also named a leader for the future by Ebony Magazine in 2001.

Ultimately, Taylor hopes to use his experience to bring the "un-churched" and the "under-churched" of Rockaway back into the pews. "People need to hear a pastor who speaks about their daily problems and not abstract ideas," says Taylor.

Married with one son, Taylor is impressed with the maturity of his son, Paul. "My son is great –he’s really wise," says Taylor. "He’s four going on forty."

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