H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. Day – Bishop J.D. Wiley Taylor, Guest Preacher

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Douglas Wiley Taylor was born into a Christian home and heard the call to preach the Word of God at the age of 7. He took an active part in school activities and student leadership and won numerous awards. In 1979, he graduated from John Wesley College with a Bachelor in Arts Theology.

In 1981, J. Douglas Wiley Taylor was called as senior pastor of the Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Clemens, Michigan. In recognition of his achievements at this church, the Union Baptist Theological Seminary of Birmingham, Alabama, bestowed upon Pastor Wiley the Doctorate of Divinity degree in 1983. After 12 years at the Greater Morning Star Church, Pastor and Mrs. Wiley began the Life Center Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the years the church has been instrumental in establishing 32 ministries that reach out to all aspects of the Greater New Orleans community, including men’s and women’s ministries, witnessing teams, youth camps, tutorial programs, clothing and food distribution, and more. In post- Katrina New Orleans, Life Center ministers to over 1,000 people each week, has adopted an elementary school and a high school, and has demonstrated a commitment to the rebuilding of the church and the city of New Orleans.

In January 1994 Pastor Wiley Taylor was consecrated to the office of bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, where he served as Executive Treasurer for 17 years.. Bishop Wiley Taylor lives in the New Orleans area with his wife, Lisa. They have three children and one grandchild.