Pastor

Rev. John N. Taylor, III, M.Div.

Rev. John Taylor was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, where he was educated in the local school system. He attended and graduated from Holy Cross College, in Worcester, MA in 1979 and received his Masters of Divinity from Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA in 2007.

Rev. Taylor was baptized in 1984 at Mt.Olive Baptist Church, Arlington, VA., and licensed to Preach the Gospel in 1999 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Arlington, VA, and Ordained to Preach the Gospel in February, 2013.

Currently he is serving as the Senior Pastor at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Knoxville, MD.  A Church that is on the move for God,  Mt. Moriah is a church where God is Loved and God’s people are Loved . . . in a family, friendly and spirit filled environment where everyone is important !!!

Rev. Taylor has been married to Marion Spellman Taylor-(a graduate of Norfolk State University) for 26 years and has (three) lovely daughters, Vanessa, Christina and Lauren.

He is the founder and President of a non-profit organization, Men’s Talk, LLC, which mentors young black men, and addresses issues that are unique to black men in our society.

Rev. Taylor is also on the Board of Directors of Soul Care International,  a non-profit organization which provides Christian Counseling and Life Skills Coaching. Rev. Taylor is a member of the Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC Ministers Conferences, the National Baptist and Progressive Baptist Conferences and several other civic organizations such as the NAACP.

Rev. Taylor stands on the foundational verse-Luke-12.48-“To whomsoever much is given, much is required”.

He believes the church must stand up and be a light in the community. We must learn to meet people where they are in life and reach people through our acts of love and caring in our daily interaction, not just on Sunday but, every-day of the week. He believes that we must show people that we care-not just tell them we care. We must model for our children and teenagers the Love of Jesus Christ by talking with them and not just at them. We must share with our young adults, the pitfalls we encountered in our formative years to help them avoid some of life’s same challenges. We must as a church exemplify Love and Respect for our Seniors whose hard work has paved the way and blessed current and future generations.

Lastly, Rev. Taylor advocates that we must never forget Our History-we must never forget that ‘We Stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us’, and that we are the children of the Most High God, who has set us apart for a higher purpose and called us to be Agents of Change in the world for such a time as this…….