Rev. Dr. George F. Taylor
Rev. Dr. George F. Taylor was born and raised in Maybeury and Bluefield, West Virginia. He graduated from Bluefield State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Biology. After moving to Philadelphia, he earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Antioch University. He is also a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master’s of Divinity Degree and a Doctorate in Ministry to Marriage and Family.
In 1984, Rev. Dr. Taylor answered his call to the ministry of the Gospel after serving for one year as a walking deacon at Bright Hope Baptist Church under the late Senior Pastor Rev. William H. Gray, III. He has been attending Bright Hope since 1966, and he and his wife joined Bright Hope in 1975. At Bright Hope, he sang on the Celestial Choir and served as Men’s Day Chair in 1993. In 1993, he became the associate minister and then the assistant minister. He is now the Minister of Senior Members of the congregation.
His passion for working with children was engendered by his career as a math and physical education teacher and as a basketball and track coach in the Philadelphia School District. His primary career was with the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, where he held several program and administrative positions at five other Boys and Girls Clubs in Philadelphia with budgets of $500.000.00, and he simultaneously managed two clubs with budgets over a million dollars before retiring in 2003. Through his Youth Work, he had the opportunity to work with local and corporate board members and to meet with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. He also worked with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania as Director of Faith Based Partnerships overseeing the Amachi Program. He is presently the volunteer chairman of the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council.
During his career, Rev. Dr. Taylor has been actively involved in many church and civic capacities, including the following:
- Scout Master of the Bright Hope Scouting Program
- Past President of the Frankford Human Relations Coalition
- Past President of the Frankford Kiwanis Club
- Board Member of Evangelical Manor
- Member of the Teen Board of the Frankford Plan
- Workshop Facilitator at National and Local Boys and Girls Club
- Member of Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
- Life Member of the NAACP
Some of his many awards include:
- Frankford Chapter NAACP Community Involvement
- Campbell Church Distinguished Service
- Distinguished Service National Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Frankford Chargers Distinguished Service
- Bright Hope Boys Scouts Distinguished Service
- Power 99 Community Service
- Chapel of the Four Chaplains Distinguished Service
- Dr. William H. Gray, Jr. Service Award
- Board of Deacons Comfort and Support Service Award
- 2007 Bright Hope Baptist Church Man of the Year
Rev. Dr. Taylor is married to the former Etta King, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Sarita Taylor Lyons. They have been blessed by the union of Sarita and Mark Lyons with four adorable grandchildren, Malachi, Sophia, Olivia, and Gabriella.
One of Rev. Dr. Taylor’s favorite Bible verses is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”