Pastor Kevin T. Taylor

 

Looking Back

  • A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Rev. Taylor attended Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, where he majored in political science and mathematics

  • He is the Chief Executive Officer for City on a Hill, a network of three achievement gap-closing public charter schools in Boston and New Bedford, MA

  • He is the immediate past Chief Operating Officer of KIPP Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s largest network of achievement gap-closing, high performing public charter schools and part of the nation’s largest charter school management organization

  • Prior to moving to MA in 2015, Rev. Taylor was the Director of Finance for Achievement First, a network of nearly 40 achievement gap-closing, high performing public charter schools in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island

  • Rev. Taylor is an Itinerate Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is the father of one son, Isaiah, age 16

 

Ministry Highlights

  • Rev. Taylor was appointed pastor of Allen Chapel AMEC – Hartford, CT in June 2019 by Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram

  • Prior to his tenure at Allen Chapel, was pastor of People’s Institutional AMEC – Brooklyn, NY from (2017-19) and with God’s providential hand upon him, redefined the ministry there and setting the church on a path to reach higher heights in Christ.

    • He introduced creative programs and ministry opportunities for the church including:

      • #BlackGirlMagic – an interactive program designed to celebrate the awesomeness of girls of color ages 5-18, which drew more than 200 participants in September 2018

      • Black History Series – a six workshops, symposiums and forums focusing on the contributions of African-Americans to various genres of the African-American experience in the U.S.

      • Winter Warm Coat Drive and Mother’s Day Boxes of Blessings – providing warm coats – plus dozens of hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and boots for Brooklyn residents in need as well as toiletries, linens and other items for women’s shelters in the community

      • Encouragement Sunday – sending encouragement cards to members of the church’s extended family each 5th Sunday

    • Rev. Taylor partnered with Revs. Lisa Williamson, M.D., Alicia Bailey and Dave Allen and their congregations in planning and hosting the “First Episcopal District Leadership Institute Comes to Brooklyn” in September 2018, a two-day leadership and stewardship training taught by Bishop Ingram

    • He is also the District Coordinator of The Big Picture, the 2020 vision for the First Episcopal District of the African to make a difference in our communities and beyond

  • Rev. Taylor previously served as pastor of Bethel AMEC – New Bedford, MA (2015-17) where God blessed the congregation to grow numerically, spiritually and financially – including a 140% increase in giving in just two years

    • He was, for example, instrumental in positioning Bethel to join with Bethel – Providence, Allen – Providence and Mt. Zion – Newport in co-hosting the 2018 New England Annual Conference at a hotel for the first time in history and the first time in the Providence area since 1974

    • And in response to the tragedy that befell Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., Rev. Taylor began quarterly conversations at Bethel on race, class and social justice including the critically acclaimed, Do Black Lives Really Matter? conference in August 2016

  • Prior to pastoring Bethel, Rev. Taylor served at Union A.M.E. Church in Warwick, NY (2012-15) where the congregation also grew numerically, spiritually and financially

    • Under his leadership and God’s grace, the church, which was in foreclosure and in danger of closing, was able to refinance its mortgage while ministering to the needs of the community

  • He has also served as an Associate Minister at Bridge Street A.M.E. Church in Brooklyn (2007-12) and Grant A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles (2004-07), where his record of service, leadership and stewardship speaks for itself

  • Rev. Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, recognitions and citations, most recently the “Education Leadership Award” from the National Council of Negro Women, Queens County Section.

 

Looking Ahead

  • Rev. Taylor is a preacher, teacher, workshop presenter, event planner, social justice advocate, standardized test tutor and author of newspaper articles in numerous regional and national publications. He is an instructor on Church Financial Administration in the New York Annual Conference Ministerial Institute and is formerly the Director of Stewardship for the New England Annual Conference.

  • Most importantly, Rev. Taylor is a child of God and solicits your fervent prayers as he ministers to the needs of God’s people and prepares for eventual Episcopal service to the A.M.E. Church

© 2019 by Allen Chapel AME Church Hartford. 

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