Dr. James Henry Taylor is a native of Chicago Illinois, born in 1968. In his secular achievements he attended the Chicago Public Schools throughout his elementary and secondary school career and received a High School Diploma from Chicago Vocational High School (CVS). During High School, Dr. Taylor became the State Vice President in Springfield, IL for the National Beta Club. In 1994, Dr. Taylor continued his education at Roosevelt University, obtaining a B.A. in Music. In July 2015, Dr. Taylor obtained dual degrees with a Masters in Theology and Doctorate in Divinity from Open Arms Seminary Bible College in Chicago, IL. He taught throughout the years beginning with elementary and secondary students, as a Full-Time Substitute Music Teacher in the Chicago Public School system for four years (1994-1998). From 1998 through 2007, Dr. Taylor obtained a position as an Adjunct Faculty Professor of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and also taught at Robert Morris College, as a Choir Teacher and Music Theory Instructor. Additionally, he held the position of Instructor at Open Arms Seminary Bible College in Chicago, Illinois teaching primarily Senior Pastors from 2013-2015. Dr. Taylor, being reared in the church, gave his life to the Lord at the tender age of 7 years old and was water baptized at the age of 12.
Throughout his entire life, he has dedicated and honed his Performing Arts craft, and has ministered music to many church congregations throughout the Chicago land area. With an immense attraction to the Word, at a young age, Dr. Taylor read and studied the Word, and began preaching and teaching at the age of 15, and has continued ministering the Word of God through preaching, teaching, and by sharing his gift of music within the church. As a teenager, Dr. Taylor began his teaching gift through home bible studies once a week with local teenagers. He also taught the elements of becoming a gospel artist by organizing a singing ensemble. Dr. Taylor was mentored by his High School Music teacher Mr. Kenneth Woods Jr., whom helped him, sharpen and develop his teaching gifts and Performing Arts talent through observation and interaction. Between the ages of 18-25, Dr. Taylor received indirect mentor-ship as a Leader/ Minister of Music in the church body. In 1996, he began to receive direct mentor-ship for Leadership through Bishop Claude Tears, of First Corinthian’s Baptist Church, in Chicago, Illinois and obtained his License to preach in 1998. Dr. Taylor has received hands on mentor-ship and ministerial training by local Pastors in the body of Christ by obtaining the roles of a teacher for Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and Bible Class. On August 15, 2009, Dr. Taylor married Kim Cotto and has a combined family with four children and two grandsons.
On May 6, 2012, Dr. Taylor was officially re-ordained by Bishop T.D. Jakes, and under the organization, Dr. Taylor and Lady Kim are members of the Potters House International Pastoral Alliance (PHIPA). Dr. Taylor has served as a campus ministry Pastor at the University of Chicago, and currently serves as Senior Pastor of Living Rock Church in Peoria Heights, Illinois. As a motivational Preacher of the gospel, Dr. Taylor has inspired many and continues to serve in many diverse churches and settings to declare the Word of the Lord. Dr. Taylor is also an insightful Author of the books, “You Too Can Be Free," and "Seasons" and a celebrated Producer and a well-rounded Composer, and he continues to demonstrate his gift of Leadership throughout the community.