Our Pastor

Pastor Linwood R. Taylor is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Church International (ECI). Prior to founding ECI, his practical ministerial development training afforded him the opportunity to serve in numerous ministerial capacities in other ministries including that of Assistant Pastor, Men’s Ministry, Adult Sunday School teacher, Youth Ministry, Community Outreach, Substance Abuse Recovery, and Children’s Ministry, as well as serving as President of Emmanuel Ministries International, Inc., the church’s corporation.

He is currently a doctoral candidate at Trinity Theological Seminary. He attended the Mid-Atlantic Apostolic Bible College, and Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He holds an A.S. Degree in Business Management from J.S. Reynolds College in Richmond, VA, a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Towson University, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Baltimore. Additionally, he attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where he majored in political science. While living in Chattanooga, TN, he attended the University of TN at Chattanooga where he majored in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.

He recently organized the Preserve at Brice Run Home Owner’s Association and was elected as its first President. He also received a legislative citation from the Maryland State General Assembly for his community development work. He is a member of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. He also is the President, CEO and part owner of SWATA, LLC, a security and investigative services agency in the Washington, DC area.

He has participated in mentorship programs, serving as mentor to elementary school students.

Pastor Taylor enjoys traveling, having visited a number of countries on the continent of Africa, including Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone. He has also visited Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), France, Spain, England, Belgium, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Aruba, and numerous other islands of the Caribbean. Recently he travel to the country of Israel, where he enjoyed visiting numerous biblical sites highlighting the vast richness of our Judeo-Christian heritage.

He humbly recognizes that all glory belongs to God, as the vision is not his, but the Lords. Hence, “The Vision Is Always Greater Than the Man”.