|Reverend Rickardo Taylor, Sr., Pastor | 1620 S. St. Joseph Street South Bend, Indiana 46613 | 574.287.1451
Pastor Rickardo Taylor Sr.
Reverend Rickardo Taylor, Sr. is the fifth pastor of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church of
South Bend, Indiana. He accepted the call from God to enter into the gospel ministry at the age
of 28, under the guidance and leadership of his father, the late Reverend Dorsey Taylor, and
loving support of his mother, Geraldine Taylor. Being a second generation minister, Reverend
Taylor continued to walk in his fathers footsteps, and was called to pastor Mount Carmel MBC in
1998; twenty-five years after his father had led the congregation.
Reverend Taylor has grown to become a spirit filled man of God, gifted by the Holy Spirit in the
areas of teaching and professing the divine word of God, with a burning desire to bring men back
to their ordained position of leadership in the church and in their homes. Reverend Rickardo
Taylor, Sr. was born on July 1, 1963 in Michigan City, Indiana and is the fourth son of six boys.
He grew up and attended grade and high school in Michigan City, but chose Grambling State
University, a historically black school, for his college education.
In his mission to have a comprehensive understanding of the word of God, Reverend Taylor
earned his Bachelors degree in Theology from Bethel College of South Bend. As a crier for
Christ, inspirational speaker, community leader, lover of Gods people, devoted husband and
father, and dedicated pastor, Reverend Taylor demonstrates a tireless and relentless effort to
the Mount Carmel family and the South Bend community. During his 20-year tenure at Mount
Carmel, Pastor Taylor has provided the leadership and guidance for many seeds to be sown and
the vision for many previous prayers to manifest into blessings. These bountiful blessings are
evident in the tremendous growth of Mount Carmel, both in spirit and in numbers. Over the years
the blessings and Gods favor have brought about various Youth Ministries, Drama Ministry, Mens
Ministry, Health & Wellness Ministry and a host of other ministries with the sole purpose of
reaching and teaching others about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
As a productive member of the South Bend Community, Reverend Rickardo Taylor, Sr. was a
teacher for the South Bend Community School Corporation where he and his Building Trade
students, built 7 family homes that were purchased by members of the community. Reverend
Taylor serves as a Chaplin of the 100 Black Men and he serves on the Intercultural
Developmental Advisory Council at Bethel College.
Reverend Taylor is also a very devoted and compassionate husband, to wife Marcia, and the
loving and proud father of three children; Rickardo Jr., Aundrea, and Marlon. Reverend Rickardo
Taylor, Sr. is committed to serving God and the needs of the congregation that he has been
appointed to lead. It is through his use of universal principles regarding spirituality that he shares
practical tools for all of Gods children to lead joyous, abundant, peaceful, and truly blessed lives.
First Lady Marcia Taylor
As an advocate of Gods teachings and a lover of Gods people, Sister Marcia Taylor seeks
Missionary Baptist Church (for the past 14 years), Sister Taylor not only serves as the
helpmate, confidant, friend, and coach to the appointed shepherd of the house, she also leads
and participates with multiple ministries.
As President of the Women’s Ministry and R.E.A.C.H (Raising Educational Achievement for
Children Holistically) Ministry, Sister Taylor shares her interest in education, child
development, and sisterhood. Her vision is to propel these ministries to make powerful and
direct impact with its targeted group. As a gifted vocalist, Sister Taylor participates with both
the Mass Choir and Adult Praise Team of Mount Carmel.
Her ability to educate and teach others is another God given talent. Sister Marcia Taylor has
worked in the South Bend Community School Corporation for 11 years and an additional 15
years in the Lawrence Township Schools in Indianapolis. Currently she works at Edison
Intermediate Center as the 7th grade inclusionary teacher. In an effort to share Gods love and
kindness in all avenues of life, she demonstrates such characteristics outside of the church
walls as she volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana as a Board Member.
In her home life, she is a dedicated and passionate mother of three: Rickardo Jr., Aundrea,
and Marlon, as well as a committed wife for 21 years to Pastor Rickardo Taylor, Sr. In her down
time she enjoys getting ice cream, taking walks with her husband, reading, Zumba, working
with the Health & Wellness Ministry, and listening to gospel and jazz.