Pastor Robert and First Lady Shirley Taylor

by Terry Watson | January 9th, 2013
Pastor Robert and First Lady Shirley Taylor (Photo by Howard Gaither)

Pastor Robert and First Lady Shirley Taylor (Photo by Howard Gaither)

Shiloh Holiness Church of God in Christ is a place where the love of God dwells. Founded by Pastor Robert Taylor and First Lady Shirley Taylor in 1981, their message has always been a relevant one. As pastor, Taylor says he has been able to preach the gospel and impact so many lives because God first saved him.

Pastor Taylor and his wife celebrate 40 years of marriage that has produced seven children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Their love for each other and God has allowed them to impact so many lives as leaders of Shiloh. It would be a lot easier for them to just talk the talk, but as godly examples, they have devoted their lives to exemplify the goodness of God.

A native of Reidsville, N.C., Pastor Taylor says he decided to minister after receiving the call from God by the unction of the Holy Spirit. He admits that he once lived a shady lifestyle. “I know from firsthand experience that God can take you from a pig pin and lead you to His palace,” says Pastor Taylor. As a minister he hoped to make a difference in the world and believed that God seeks those who truly love Him. “God has always been my sustainer. He has always loved me unconditionally, and I could never measure my love for Him,” he says.

Pastor Taylor is truly a man of GOD that has faced challenges of convincing people of their worth and their value. He preaches a message of which God says who they are, where they can go, and what they can obtain in life. “I am a pastor with a simple gospel message for people who are living in such a time as this. When sin is a common and expected way of life,” says Pastor Taylor. “Being saved gives us a right to everything because we are heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ. Jesus was obedient to God and if we are obedient to Him, there are no limitations for us.

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils. We must understand, deny ungodliness and worldly lust. We should live sober, righteous and godly in this world.”

The ministry of Pastor Taylor has been impacted by so many people. Most importantly, he credits his wife, First Lady Taylor, a native of Florence, S.C. with having the greatest influence on his life. She has been called by God as an evangelist of the Church of God in Christ, and also Shiloh. She wears many hats but none more important than that of being a rock for her husband and family. “She believed in me and without her I couldn’t do the things I have thus far,” says Pastor Taylor.

Pastor Taylor also acknowledges the influence that other laborers of God have had on his life—Bishop Levi Willis and Bishop Gilbert Patterson. “These guys have showed real leadership in the church and business world,” he says.

Pastor Taylor says he also finds inspiration in his children and grandchildren. “As I see them working in our ministry, it confirms that our work has not been in vain and that it will continue,” he says. Moving forward, he hopes to impact the lives of men. He is looking to work with anyone with a plan to build up men. He also plans to continue to work for God’s kingdom and help bring God’s kingdom to earth. He also wants to develop an outreach ministry that would equip people to be all they can, in and outside of church. He hopes to build a family life center for everyone in need.

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