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behind the counter | 2012 67 Taylors First Baptist Church H ow does a 42-year-old pastor lead a an unexpected mix for an historic Southern 146-year-old church? With gusto, if Paul Baptist institution. Jimenez is particularly proud Jimenez is any example. Jimenez took of the church’s local mission work, including the the helm at Taylors First Baptist Church quarterly Single Moms Oil Change that touches in December 2010, bringing Cheri, his wife of hundreds of mothers and children in their own 200 West Main Street 15 years, back to her hometown, and the couple’s communities and neighborhoods. He also desires Taylors 864.244.3535 two children closer to their grandparents. to see the church make a global impact, with planned trips to Prague, Brazil, the Middle East www.taylorsfbc.org While Jimenez feels the weight of history, he also sees an exciting opportunity to preserve and beyond. Church the congregation’s mission and message while “If you comb through Greenville’s history,” Jimenez adapting its methodology to today’s culture. says, “you probably won’t find many 150-year-old To that end, the church offers traditional, churches with the sense of mission and vibrancy contemporary and modern worship services, we have here.” Photograph by: Carol Stewart