Pastor Linwood R. Taylor is the founder and pastor of Emmanuel Church International (ECI). Prior to founding ECI (formerly Emmanuel Ministries International Fellowship), he served in numerous ministerial capacities in other ministries including that of Assistant Pastor, Men’s Ministry, Community Outreach, Substance Abuse Recovery, Children’s Ministry, as well as president of Emmanuel Ministries International, Inc., a humanitarian relief ministry.
In 1998, he founded Emmanuel Church International in the basement of his home, and currently serves as its senior pastor. Under his leadership, the church continues to grow and expand its reach. After acquiring approximately six acres of land in 2001, the church was able to retire the debt on the property in less than five years.
In 2014 the ministry opened its first child care center, Emmanuel Early Childhood Learning Center, further fulfilling our church’s vision to “Expand the Kingdom by Serving the Community”. Our Pastor serves as its President.
The church also has a sister church in Liberia West Africa. Emmanuel Church International in Grand Bassa County is under the pastorate of Pastor Sylvester Barclay. Our Pastor firmly believes that the vision for ECI is global in scope, and that God will continue to open other effectual doors for the preaching of the gospel.
Our pastor is currently a doctoral candidate at Trinity Theological Seminary. He attended the Mid-Atlantic Apostolic Bible College, and Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He also 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. He also attended the University of TN at Chattanooga where he majored in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.
Our Pastor is an anointed preacher, teacher and conference speaker. He has a heart for God’s people and is a true nurturer, mentor and coach to many.
He is married to Lillian R. Taylor, RN, BSN, MSN, ANP and is the proud father of three daughters, Valerie Lynette, Laurie Michelle, and Valerie Eve, and one son, Chinard Linwood.
Our Pastor enjoys traveling with his family, having visited Africa numerous times. He has also visited Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), France, Spain, England, Belgium, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Aruba, and numerous other islands of the Caribbean.
Pastor Taylor 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”.