Faith Baptist Bible College is pleased to announce the calling of Dr. Dean Taylor to be the professor of Pastoral Training, replacing the retiring Dr. Robert Domokos.
Dean Taylor graduated from Bob Jones University with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and a minor in Greek. While at Bob Jones University he also earned the Master of Arts degree in Theology and the Master of Divinity degree. In 2003 he completed the Doctor of Sacred Ministry degree at Northland Baptist Bible College.
Dr. Taylor has been actively involved in pastoral ministry for the last 26 years. From 1990–1994 he served as youth pastor and Bible teacher at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 1994 Dr. Taylor became the senior pastor at Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. At Brookside Baptist he initiated a radio ministry to the greater Milwaukee area, implemented a multiple service format to accommodate growth, enlisted additional pastoral staff members to help shepherd the growing body, and oversaw the construction and relocation into a new 35,000 square foot worship and classroom facility
In 2003 Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina, called Dr. Taylor to be their pastor. At Calvary Baptist Dr. Taylor again implemented a multiple service format to accommodate a growing congregation and enlisted staff members to develop key elements of church life and growth. As he did in Brookside Baptist Church, Dr. Taylor led the church in building a new facility—this time a 50,000 square foot worship and classroom facility. He also expanded the influence of the church by blogging regularly about Bible study, personal devotion, church life, and current issues at speakingofgod.wordpress.com. His blog continues to be a source of blessing and help to people.
In addition to his pastoral ministry, Dr. Taylor has served on the boards of Gospel Fellowship Association Missions, The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center, LEAD Ministries, and Men for Christ. He has preached and taught in a number of camps, conferences, and Christian colleges. In addition to ministries here in the United States, Dr. Taylor has also ministered in Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand, Spain, and Zambia. Dr. Taylor has also been involved in two study trips to Israel.
Dr. Taylor and his wife, Faith, have four children, three of whom are married, and one grandchild.
Dr. Taylor has given his life to pastoral ministry. After successfully serving as a pastor for 26 years, he is now ready to use the talents and experience God has given him to mentor and train pastors and assistant pastors here at Faith. We thank the Lord for leading Dr. Dean Taylor to Faith.
More than 700 alumni, friends, and students of Faith gathered on Thursday, September 17, for the installation of our new president, Jim Tillotson. The day began with the installation chapel featuring a pictorial look at all the presidents of Faith, starting with Dr. William H. Jordan who founded the school in 1921. The chapel service ended with the presentation to President Tillotson of his academic regalia by Jim Randolph, who was the chair of the presidential search committee.
The evening activities began with the installation dinner for about 160 guests in the Nettleton Center classrooms. Following the dinner, the guests moved to the gym for the installation service. The service included several memorable features.
• Kevin Koester, a fellow believer and the Iowa State Representative from the 38th district, greeted the guests. He recounted how Faith personnel have been active in community affairs and pointed out the strategic role Faith plays in the community.
• Rev. Tim Capon, the representative for the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches, brought the invocation, asking God's blessing on our new president.
• Former president Dr. James D. Maxwell III read the Apostle Paul's charge to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-8. The words, "be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus," certainly are appropriate for the new president.
• Dr. Ernie Schmidt, the interim president, led in the investiture part of the service by presenting the presidential medallion to our new leader. President Tillotson will wear the medallion at all academic affairs,
• Dr. Gary Anderson, president of Baptist Mid-Missions, challenged the new president to model Christlike leadership. President Tillotson commented that this was one of the finest messages he has heard on Biblical leadership.
Several institutions sent representatives to support President Tillotson in his new ministry.
• Dr. Kevin Bauder, faculty, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. Brent Belford, provost, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. David Doran, president, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. Laura Douglas, provost, Des Moines Area Community College, Urban Campus
• Pastor Thomas Hlad, alumnus, Appalachian Bible College
• Dr. Martin Marriott, president, Maranatha Baptist University
• Dr. Matt Morrell, president, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. Larry Oats, dean, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
• Dr. Charles Petitt, president, Piedmont International University
• Dr. Steve Pettit, president, Bob Jones University
In President Tillotson's address he said he did not come to change Faith but to champion Faith. He committed himself to be a leader of integrity and godliness and to lead Faith to continue its mission of equipping men and women to take the Word to the World.
A highlight of the service came near the end when five of President Tillotson's closest friends and advisors prayed over him. Those men were Dr. Gary Anderson, Pastor David Shoaf, Pastor Jason LaFlamme, Dr. Doug McLachlan, and his father Dr. Richard Tillotson.
The service ended with a stirring rendition of How Great Thou Art by the Faith and Alumni Chorale, the Faith Brass and Percussion, and the congregation.
We have entered into a new chapter in the life and minsitry of Faith. Please join with us in praying for President Tillotson as he leads the institution.
You can watch a recording of the installation service.
In its May meeting, the Board of Directors took some bold steps to re-energize Faith and move the school forward. The Board authorized six initiatives designed to increase enrollment and provide a better campus experience for students. Among the initiatives are
• New scholarships, especially for those in the pastoral and missions programs
• Additional resources for recruiting students
• Significant campus improvements to enhance the students’ experience at Faith
When students come back on campus this fall, they will see a re-energized Faith.
Look for more announcements in September and in the months to follow.
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