Standing on the Word, Lifting Up the Lord

James M Taylor

After graduating from Philo High School, in Southeast Ohio, I was working as a car detailer at Dutro Ford car dealership. In the summer of 2005, in the month of June, the dealership hired a kid by the name of Trent Knabb. Trent Knabb would take every opportunity he had to share the gospel with me and other co-workers. I, eventually, realized that I was separated from God because of my sin. I would eventually make a decision to accept Christ as my Savior in December of 2005.

I can remember the day after I accepted Christ as my Savior. I went to work and the first person I told was Trent. He was extremely excited when I told him the news. I then started to attend church (Duncan Falls Baptist Church) with my family again. I hadn’t been going to church with them that often; but now I had a desire to go to church, because I wanted to know my Savior more. I would regularly attend church from this moment on, and I quickly realized the importance of the church in my development. After about six months of knowing the Lord I felt that he was calling me into Christian ministry. One day, as I was researching various Bible Colleges I came across Appalachian Bible College. I talked with my pastor about the college and he said he thought it would be a great Bible College to attend. During my time at Bible College, the Lord had confirmed to me that he is calling me into Christian ministry. I would graduate from Appalachian Bible College in May of 2011. In the summer of 2012, the Lord would lead me to Westphal Avenue Baptist Church where I currently lead the discipleship ministry and serve as a deacon.