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Pastor Jason Taylor preaching at Solid Rock Fellowship

Pastor Jason Taylor began preaching at Solid Rock Fellowship on Aug. 6. Photo courtesy of Solid Rock Fellowship

Pastor Jason Taylor, who has been a pastor in Wheeler for the last nine years, started preaching at Solid Rock Fellowship in New Richmond Aug. 6.

"I became a Christian at 10 when I was at camp. That was where I found that I had a desire to teach the Bible," Taylor said. "I went to college at UW-Stout for construction management, which is where I got involved with the Calvary Chapel. They went through the Bible verse by verse and that was how I decided I wanted to teach the Bible."

After spending two years at Stout — and studying the Bible the whole time — Taylor decided to change colleges and eventually graduated from Calvary Chapel College in California.

After Bible College, Taylor returned to Wisconsin where he met the love of his life, Wisconsin native Patricia (Patsy), at a Bible study that he taught. They were married in the summer of 1998 and moved to the Chicagoland area where he became a Youth Pastor and started a Calvary Chapel home fellowship. Taylor continued with his tent-making occupation of heavy equipment operating while leading this small fellowship. Taylor, who grew up in Wheaton, Ill., and his wife Patsy have three children: Clark, Ingrid and Isaac.

The family lived in the Chicago area for 10 years before some friends in the Dunn County area asked if they would move up to the area to pastor a Bible study in 2008. The Taylors sold their house in Illinois and Otter Creek Christian Fellowship was started outside of Wheeler.

"We live just north of Wheeler and I work for Albrightson Excavating as a heavy equipment operator," Taylor said. "I enjoy my work and I feel like everything has worked out for us."

Otter Creek Christian Fellowship is affiliated with the Calvary Chapel Association of churches, while Solid Rock Fellowship is following a process which leads to affiliation with Calvary Chapel. The part of Calvary Chapel that sticks out the most is the emphasis on expository Bible teaching, which is teaching verse by verse, chapter by chapter. This allows the whole congregation to understand the Bible.

Taylor's role will be to concentrate on preaching and Pastor Ken Mettler, founding pastor of Solid Rock Fellowship, will serve the congregation in other roles.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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