Jump directly to the Content

Mourning the Loss of the Last Pulpit Prince

Reflections from the funeral of Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor
Mourning the Loss of the Last Pulpit Prince

On Monday, I attended the funeral of Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, arguably one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century. I arrived a few hours early at Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn. Dr. Taylor was a legend in so many circles, especially in Brooklyn, so I wanted to get inside before it got too crowded. Of course the service would be here. He was pastor at Concord for 42 years (1948-1990).

Concord was already one of the most prestigious Black Baptist churches in the country when Taylor came in 1948. To come to Concord, he had to leave behind a thriving church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was only 30 years old at the time. Before coming to New York, he told those gathered at the state conference of the National Baptist Convention of Louisiana: “God has called me to preach at the crossroads of the world. I must go.”

After arriving, Taylor quickly became a leader of leaders. Like his predecessors, he kept Concord immersed in justice work and social activism. ...

July/August
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
The Top 5 of 2007
The Top 5 of 2007
The resources that caught your interest in the past year
From the Magazine
Is Sexuality a Matter of First Importance?
Is Sexuality a Matter of First Importance?
The apostle Paul’s discussion of same-sex sexuality in 1 Corinthians 6 is a clear, compassionate, and proportionate model for church leaders.
Editor's Pick
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.
close