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Baptist association names new director of missions

When laid out on paper, Troy Taylor's journey to the pulpit was an unconventional route. But if you sit and think about it, almost every single character in the Bible was called through surprising, and almost baffling, ways.

Take Jesus' 12 apostles, for example. The first apostles Jesus called on were Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were humble fishermen until one day Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and asked them to follow him. And without hesitation they jumped out of their boat, submitted to Jesus and their lives were changed forever.

Now, Taylor didn't jump out of a boat, but he did leave the pulpit after 23 years of service to take the director of missions position for the Comanche-Cotton Baptist Association. He comes to the position after serving as head pastor at Verden First Baptist Church for 9 years.

"About a year and a half ago, my wife and I felt the Lord dealing with us," Taylor said. "Not maybe to go to another church, because we had a great church there, but maybe some different kind of ministry. And I've been praying about this position, not knowing it was here. We have about 42 associations in the state of Oklahoma, and when you're a director of missions, you're a director of missions over an association of churches. I really felt that's where the Lord was leading me."

His prior pastorates include Balko Baptist Church, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Tipton First Baptist Church and Mulhall First Baptist Church. Before dedicating his life to being a pastor, he served in the Air Force. He entered the Air Force when he was 25 with the hopes of making a career out of it. He was a bomb dog handler and his first duty was in Turkey. But while in Turkey, his second child, his daughter, was born with a cleft palate. Turkey didn't have the medical facilities for their daughter, so he and his family were reassigned to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

He spent the rest of his Air Force career in the States going on presidential assignments doing search and patrol with the Secret Service for President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. It was during this time that Taylor accepted Christ  he was 29 years old.

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