Regina Taylor, who was recently presented her ministerial license by the Rev. Craig Carmichael, led her first sermon on July 7 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
“First of all, I thank God, because he is the author and finisher of our faith, life, and thereafter,” she said. “To all who were present in Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, all the pastors and ministers, as well as our church members and the members of other churches in town and out of town, and family, friends and classmates.”
Taylor’s sermon, “It Matters Whose Hands That You Put Things Into”, focused on Romans 8:28. The opening song for the sermon was “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, and the closing song was “All The Way”.
The new minister expressed her appreciation to Carmichael, saying, “Thank you for your honesty and pastoral diligence.
“Again, to the congregation, your presence was heartfelt and greatly appreciated,” she continued. “All prayers, cards, well wishes, monetary support, food preparation, choir singing, usher support, deacon support, phone calls, and everything was well received.
“I am cognizant that people’s time is precious and people don’t have to do anything, but I’m thankful for everything that was done.”
“Special thanks to First Lady Jackie Mastin Carmichael for sitting with me and being a blessing and calm spirit, Pastor Vanessa Holman for her ministerial mentorship and professionalism, Bro. Stanley Kelso for his gracious walk with the Lord, all of my Friends at the Flower House, cousin Chanta Tate Smith and Avery Smith, the Mt. Zion culinary staff for the preparation of a huge kosher and delicious after-sermon meal and homemade desserts, Ms. Kitty Niece, Delphine Hockett, Barbara Jack Carmichael, Regina Whitaker, Sherry Ann Hampton, Tutty (Ronett Thompson), Mother Zeldra Curtis, Sister Vivian Hill, Mother Wright, Sister Irene McDonald Sister Joyce Buchanan Ms. Nina Owens Greene;
“Classmates Tara Wells Cowan, Angela Dyer Hubbard, Sharon Dance Divens and Samantha Hawk Burnette, Ms. Lillian Hockett, Mrs. Peggy Dance, Ms. Doris Bailey, Aunt Josephine Holloway, Aunt Josephine Word Hadley, Sis. Wanda Tate, Sis. Connie McDonald, Mr. Jinson Knott, Mother Darlene Holloway, Sis. Stirlene Holloway, Sissy and Dexter King, special friend Mr. Bob Swinea, moderator Pastor Torbert, Ms. Faye Kelso, Barbara Edmiston, mother-in-law Ms. Alice Maxwell, Pastor Wallace Steele, Cousin Debbie Holloway and husband, grandmother Burnice Brown Edmiston Hardiman, Aunt Shirley Edmiston, cousin Peggy Tate, Candy Tate, cousin Delphine Holman Price and family, cousin Cherry Ridley Harris, and cousin LaRita Ridley, sons Reginald Taylor, and Steven Taylor Jr. and wife Brooke Moreno Taylor, cousins Fred Hadley, Calvin Hadley, and Mildred Maxwell, Sis. Veronica King, Sis. Collette King, Sis. Susie Dulin Taylor, Tasha Aiken, Liz Aiken, Justin Conley, JonSheka Thompson, Mrs. Liz Askins, Stephanie Eady Brit, Mr. Sidney Hill, and my husband of 27 years, Steven Taylor, Sr.”