St. Paul
Missionary Baptist Church

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Rev. Jasper Paul Taylor I

As a fourth-generation ordained minister of the gospel, Rev. Jasper currently serves as the Executive Pastor of St. Paul and Greater Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is privileged to continue a legacy of ministry at two churches where his father currently Pastors, but also where both of his grandfathers, distinctively named Jasper, served as Pastor.

Jasper is a product of the South Suburbs of Chicago attending Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Il. While a student at Olivet, he earned the high honor of being selected as an Illinois Student Lincoln Laureate. Currently, he is continuing his educational pursuits at Northern Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois seeking a Master of Divinity degree.

A gifted musician (singer and songwriter), Jasper has written and released a single titled, “The One” (2015) and an EP titled, “Jasper: The EP”(2007). He has also written for other choirs and artists including Tanya Ray and the Proclamation Gospel Choir. Jasper also gave leadership to Olivet Nazarene University’s Gospel Choir from 2007-2017.

Rev. Jasper extends his leadership influence beyond the local church serving as 3rd Vice Moderator of Christian Unity Baptist District Association. He also serves as a Board Member for the Calahan Foundation, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization designed to give scholarships to high school graduating seniors (  Prior to his current ministry assignment, Jasper served for three years as Worship Pastor at Kankakee First Church in Kankakee, Illinois. 

Jasper is married to Valerie Calahan-Taylor of Calahan Funeral Home located in Chicago, IL. They are blessed to have a vibrant and vivacious son, Jasper Paul Taylor II. They both strive to make an impact on humanity by sharing and showing the love of God wherever they go. Whether through singing, teaching, or preaching Rev. Jasper gives all the glory to God.