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Brother Jim Taylor joins First Baptist Church Magee as pastor

By PAT BROWN,

First Baptist Church of Magee has welcomed a new face to the pulpit, Dr. Jim Taylor.

Brother Jim, as he prefers to be called, and his family have strong ties to Simpson County.  Both of Jim’s parents are from Magee with his grandparents being Bobby and Frankie McNair and Sue and Shirley Maddox.  

Brother Jim chuckled when he said he grew up here but “just did not attend school in Magee.”  His dad, Mike Taylor, was a long term coach at West Jones.  But the weekends and summers were spent in Magee.  He said he met his wife riding the block in Magee.  He is married to the former Catrina Burnham of Mendenhall, more specifically the Jupiter community.  They met in 1988 and were married in 1991.

The couple have three daughters, Ally, a senior at USM;  Kennedy, a junior at USM; and their youngest, Gracie, still a student at West Jones. 

 He was into sports growing up and was a kicker for USM during the Farve Years, 1987-1991. 

He kept his tie to Southern Miss Athletics and was at a Conference USA event on the coast when he ran into to Dale and Hal Berry of Magee, who mentioned that the former FBC pastor, Dr, Buddy Keyes, had decided to retire.  The Berrys asked him to pray about the position.   He said he did and decided to explore the possibility.  Brother Jim previously pastored  for 13 years at Soso.

He said that he had actually visited with a search committee from Magee FBC one time earlier, when the church was considering Brother Buddy Keyes. The time was not right then, he said, but things had changed and as it turned out God led him to the position. 

Brother Jim said one of his biggest challenges is meeting everyone but he said that should come easy because he considers himself a “people person.”

“One of the biggest challenges we are faced with in Simpson County is that only one in four people attend church on a regular basis.  The good thing about that is there is a lot of opportunity to reach people in the community,” he commented. 

Brother Jim said he and his wife are excited about  moving back to a place where they are familiar with the people and the community. 

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family.  He likes to play golf and hunt, though he says he doesn’t have a lot of time to devote to hunting.