My name is Zachary Taylor, and I am the pastor at Chehalis UMC. I am originally from Columbus, Georgia, and lived there for about 25 years. I graduated in 2002 from the University of Georgia, and after that, I taught high school special education and was a wrestling coach. I received my master’s in Special Education from Columbus State University in 2007 and a terminal degree in Administration in 2010.
I experienced a call at the age of 29 and began the candidacy process at my local church, Living Grace UMC. I sold all my belongings and moved sight unseen to New York City where I went to Union Theological Seminary for three years. During my time there I interned at the Riverside Church, a very large African American Baptist Church. I also was a hospital chaplain at Columbia University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New York.
After graduating, I moved to the Northwest for my first appointment as Pastor of Discipleship with Puyallup UMC. It was there, I met my wife, Hanna! We got married and moved to my second appointment with a former EUB church, Grace UMC. Grace ended up having to close due to shrinking membership and finances. Then I was asked by the Bishop to remain in Walla Walla and start a new Methodist Church! I did that for four years, and we made a lot of difference in the community there!
My wife Hanna is originally from Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). She was raised in Tacoma, and is a proud graduate of Stadium High School and Washington State University! She currently works as remote administrator for Walla Walla Orthodontics and she gets to travel to such exotic location as La Grande, Oregon! She loves cats and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
My daughter Gigi is 4 years old and has one more year of preschool left! She loves unicorns, cats, princesses, and swimming!
As for me, I love College Football, Barbecue, naps, and video games! If you ever find your self bored, I have an office at the church, and I need literally no excuse to go get coffee.