Dr. Lester W. Taylor Jr., husband of Lady Gayle Green Taylor, father of
Brindin Lamar (Nancy) and Amber Nicole Taylor, and grandfather to Jordan and Peyton Taylor, is the Senior Pastor of the Community Baptist Church of Englewood, New Jersey.
Dr. Taylor, was licensed to preach by the St. Phillips Missionary Baptist
Church of Bridgeton, NJ in 1977, and ordained by the Bethany Baptist
Association of South Jersey in 1993 upon accepting the call to the
Under his leadership, the Community Baptist Church continues to strive towards serving the Lord with a spirit of excellence. Preaching a Christ-centered message of hope and restoration, many souls have been saved, restored and encouraged. In 2011, he led the congregation in the completion of their new worship complex. The fellowship continues to make necessary
adjustments to remain relevant by effectively engaging in ministry that serves this present age.
Dr. Taylor is also a skilled and accomplished musician who shares a passion for excellence in music ministry. He is founder of the Music Auxiliary of the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association, the D-Free Mass Choir of Essex and Somerset Counties, and the New Jersey Delegation Gospel Choir, which is featured at the Carnegie Hall annually during the
holiday season. He continues to share his musical expertise with the congregation creating an atmosphere that is filled with musical adoration and praise.
Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University, 1985), the New York Theological Seminary (1999), and the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer Theological, 2002). Dr. Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards, resolutions, and honors during his ministry. He is the 1999 recipient of the President’s Award presented by the faculty of the New York Theological Seminary and the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Bergen-Walden Award given by the Black Association of Seminarians of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, in honor of the first two African Americans to graduate from the institution in 1879. Dr. Taylor is also a certified instructor for the Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Dr. Taylor is the President of the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey, Inc. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary and the New York Theological Seminary. He has served as the Moderator of the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association, and the President of the Black Clergy Council of Englewood, Teaneck, and vicinity for many years.
Dr. Taylor is committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a gospel preacher and he has a passion for developing those wrestling with the call to ministry. He is affectionately called the “Pastor’s Pastor!” He enjoys his ministry as a revivalist, symposium facilitator, keynote speaker, and a spiritual encourager.
Dr. Taylor’s life scripture is John 15:16 which says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, he may give it you.”