[2000-Present] Dr. Bayard S. Taylor
Rev. Dr. Bayard S. Taylor, Jr. was born in Waterloo, Iowa to Steven and Mosetta Taylor. Dr. Taylor is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
Dr. Taylor received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University, School of Theology and his Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. His Doctoral Thesis is titled: Equipping Laity for Ministry.
Dr. Taylor is the former pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and served as Chaplain for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
Dr. Taylor is currently Moderator for the New Hope Baptist Association of Delaware County, Task Force Leader: Chester Economic Development Association, President and Founder of Seminary without Walls, Adjunct Chaplain with University of Penn Hospital and founder of the Chester Police Chaplain Corp of Chester, PA.
Dr. Taylor is a “Visionary” that loves the Lord and loves the church. He believes in “Koinania”, genuine fellowship between God’s people. Dr. Taylor has been a blessing to the Calvary Church Family and they have been a blessing to him. He is married to the former Claudia Brooks
[19xx-19xx] Alexander Gordon
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[19xx-19xx] A. R. Robinson
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[19xx-1934] Ernest B. Morris
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[19xx-1903] Joshua W. Moore
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[1991-1997] Tommie Jackson
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[1986-1989] Kirk Byron Jones
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[1974-1986] Dr. Wallace Smith
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[1934-1974] Dr. J. Pius Barbour
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[1913-19xx] John R. Bennett
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[1903-1906] Milton N. Sparks
The following biographical sketch of the Rev. Sparks is taken from the Home Directory of the Colored People of Chester, 1906 compiled by Lawrence L. Barrett & C. I. Wilson. This reference is available at the DCHS research library.
The Rev. Milton Sparks was born March 8, 1873, in Gretna, Louisiana. He is the son of Robert and Lilly Sparks. His environment was humblest of the humble. Educational advantage was secured at the expense of a parish school, until the age of 12 years. At this age, mother discovered it would be a loss of time to have him continue, as they who taught as heads of these schools were very limited, and had but little to impart to advantage.
Therefore, she concluded to dispatch him to Prof. Lucian Adams, a graduate of Oberlin, Ohio, a gentleman and scholar of no mean degree. He it is to whom credit may be bestowed to laying the foundation of educational usefulness in this young mind. After a few months over three years and a half, Providence called the pilot of this young man’s life by death to the God who giveth. Anchor was cast, a number of years past, was tossed here, there and yonder. At last orders received from an uncommon source inspired him to go forward. Many difficulties gave rise to hinder the object which stood conscious as a Moses before a burning bush. Just then the Lord’s voice was heard. A heart burning to enter life’s service in the behalf of my people. The call of God say make ready. O, what an hour, I shall never forget. Satin offering and proclaiming. But thanks be to God I decided with the aid of one Walter Cooper to take God into my life. I can never forget that hour I first felt His saving power. There came a calm in my life, which after a few days gave rise to a new and strange anxiousness. Now not the secular but divine. An appeal came from the soul asking for education in the purest sense. What to do I did not know. Departing from home in search of funds for the coming school year, it was on a bright, sunshining day, while enroute to work I heard a voice commanding me to go to Philadelphia, and there my ministry would begin. The remaining facts were dictated. After arriving in Philadelphia and joining the Zion Baptist Church. Was elected church clerk and superintendent of the Sunday School, increasing that body to over two hundred members. He afterwards went to Boston, Mass., and was there in the employ of Senator Russell and wife for one year. When leaving they asked him his purpose, and upon being told gave to the now Rev. Sparks $300.00 to go to Howard University at Washington, D. C., where he remained six years, supporting himself by outside service, finishing May 29, 1900. Ordained in Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Washington, D. C., Rev. George W. Lee, pastor, Called to Baltimore, laboring one year without salary, and went to Elmira, N. Y., leaving there because of limited environments, and was immediately called to serve as General Missionary for Pennsylvania under the auspices of the Pennsylvania State Baptist Convention, during the period of which service he was recommended to the people of Calvary Baptist Church of this city, preaching for them a Sabbath. He was requested to return the following Sabbath, they being without a pastor. Supplied them until the regular church meeting, at which time they were decided in the selection of a minister and called the subject of this story Easter Sunday, April 7th, 1903.
[18xx-1895] William R. Burrill
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[18xx-1884] Samuel Christian
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[1895-19xx] John W. Thompson
(The following biographical sketch of the Rev. John W. Thompson is taken from the Home Directory of the Colored People of Chester, 1906 compiled by Lawrence L. Barrett & C. I. Wilson. This reference is available at the DCHS research library.
Rev. John W. Thompson, the pastor of [Temple Baptist] church, is struggling hard to raise sufficient money to give Naomi Temple a thorough remodeling during the coming summer, and to purchase a lot for a church so as to give Naomi Temple over entirely to institutional work.
The subject of this sketch was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, about 35 years ago. He attended school at his home and was considered exceptionally bright. He left his home and went to Montclair, New Jersey, when he was about 19 years of age. Having joined the church in Virginia and served as an active worker in church, Sunday School and Literary Societies, his services were at once sought in Montclair where he soon distinguished himself as a leader among the younger people. He went to New York where he entered night school, to prepare himself for college and the profession of law, which at that time he had selected as his chosen occupation. While in that city he felt a divine call to the ministry for which he immediately commenced preparing. He left New York in the summer of 1891 and did missionary work in Chester and Montgomery counties, this State. Here his qualities as an evangelist were plainly manifested, for great spiritual awakenings attended his ministry. He was called in 1892 to the pastorate of the Macedonia Baptist Church, Paschal, in Philadelphia, where the church more than doubled its membership within the first year. In June of this year he was examined for ordination in West Chester where he passed successfully and was ordained. In the fall of 1893 he was called to Chester to succeed the late Rev. W. R. Burrill [Calvary Baptist Church]. This pastorate was a very successful one, and lasted seven years and seven months. Since that time he has been with the Temple Baptist Church in this city. He was not content to be a minister of with an ordinary education, and since residing in Chester, and ever since he has been pastor of the Temple Baptist Church, he has been diligently applying himself to studies. He has attended Lincoln University and graduated In the Class of 1904 with the degree of A. B. He will graduate next year from the seminary with the degree of A. M. and L.T.B. He then expects to carry out his cherished thoughts of conducting a large institutional church, trade school and female seminary.
[1884-18xx] Joshua A. Brockett
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