Pastor's impact is felt in church, city

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 10:35 p.m.
It has been a little more than a year since the Rev. Adrian S. Taylor took the helm at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church in southeast Gainesville.
And according to at least one parishioner, Taylor has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of both the members of the church and the community at large.
"This nomination is being made of Gainesville's best kept secret," wrote Carl A. Baskin in his letter nominating Taylor for The Gainesville Sun's 43rd Annual Community Service Award.
Baskin said he has been a member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church for about 24 years, and so far, Taylor has made a great impression as pastor of the church.
"He's a new arrival in Gainesville and the things he has done at the church and in the community are overwhelming," Baskin said. "To hear him speak - the knowledge, the wisdom. He is something else."
According to Baskin, Taylor has invigorated the members of the church since becoming pastor in February 2005. Taylor has increased the membership of the church by about 150 members while also helping members deepen their faith, Baskin wrote.
"A true pattern of total dedication and goodwill can truly be seen and felt," Baskin wrote. "Though a young minister of 27, his spiritual wisdom transcends his youth."
Baskin wrote that Taylor also makes weekly school visits to local elementary, middle and high schools, he is a member of the African-American Accountability Alliance and the Action Network, and Taylor also served as a keynote speaker at this year's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
"Pastor Taylor believes that service beyond the call of duty is most essential," he wrote. "We are being taught to enter the church to worship and learn. This year's motto is '2006 Growing by Going.' "
Every year, The Sun's award honors an individual who best exemplifies service to his or her community through volunteer efforts.
The winner will be honored, along with others, at the Work of Heart Awards dinner on Tuesday, April 11, at the University of Florida Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.
The event begins at 6:15 p.m. with a social followed at 7 p.m. with dinner.
Contact The Volunteer Center at (352) 378-2552 to buy tickets, which are $30, or for more information.
Alice Wallace can be reached at (352) 374-5036 or alice.

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