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Taylor returns to church as pulpit minister

Friday, September 7, 2007  
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By Britt Barrientez

Eight months after the resignation of their former pulpit minister, the Memorial Road Church of Christ welcomed Mark Taylor to the position. He gave his first lesson on Aug. 26. Memorial Road’s former pulpit minister of 20 years, Kent Allen, moved to Dallas in December of 2006.

Taylor and his family were members of the body at Memorial Road for five years. During this time, Taylor was an education teacher there before he left to minister in Arlington, Texas, for the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. He has preached there for the last eight years.

“Mark is a very warm person,” Memorial Road Campus Minister Jeff McMillon said. “He is a good speaker, real down to earth. Nothing about him is showy or flashy. He just seems to be like everyone else. He wants to prove he is a part of the team. Mark is not trying to make a bunch of changes; he just wants to meet the church where we are.”

The 22 Memorial Road elders made the call to Taylor to offer him the job as pulpit minister.

“Part of why we liked him is that he was very happy at his home church [in Arlington]. We called him. He didn’t call us,” said McMillon.

Both Taylor and his wife Karla grew up in Norman, Okla. and are graduates of Oklahoma Christian University. While at Oklahoma Christian, Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry. At the University of Oklahoma, Taylor earned his Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication.

Taylor has been in ministry for 27 years. He also ministered in New Milford, Conn., and was the campus minister in Norman, Okla. Taylor and his wife have two daughters; Karissa, a freshman at Oklahoma Christian, and Karenna, who is in the fourth grade.

The new minister wants to get to know the body he will be ministering to on Sundays. Taylor plans to get to know the brothers and sisters of the congregation at Memorial Road by meeting every one of the adult classes over the next several months, by either teaching the classes or just talking with the people in class.

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