Lucas Taylor has two callings in life.
In his main profession, Taylor is the Director of Student Activities and Leadership at Keystone College.
“I’ve been at the college for 11 years,” he said.
Taylor is including the years he attended Keystone - from 2006 to 2010. After graduation, Taylor was hired as Assistant Director of Student Activities, as well as Coordinator of Campus Ministry and Diversity. In June 2015, Taylor was made Director of Student Activities, where he continues to provide various services to the student body.
“I do a lot of different things,” Taylor explained. “I oversee the campus ministry and coordinate a lot of student activities - free and fun things for the college students. I saw the need for students to do something at Keystone that they might not be able to do somewhere else.
Student Activities helps students find places of worship, as well as providing them with services on an as needed basis. Some of the activities coordinated by Taylor include ‘DJ Bingo,’ bringing in musicians, and crafts such as making fishbowls and bamboo plants.
“We also provide leadership programs, as well as the annual Keystone College Leadership Conference for the students,” he said.
As if that wasn’t enough, Taylor also has a second profession which he insists is part time - minister of the First Universalist Church of Brooklyn. A native of Hop Bottom, Taylor has served as the church’s pastor since June 2015.
“It is my home church,” he explained. “I was baptized in that church on Oct. 23, 1988.”
Taylor was appointed to the position by the church’s board of directors when the previous pastor fell seriously ill.
Taylor had previously taken a course in campus ministry at Keystone, and has been very active through the years in its Campus Ministry program. Based on these credentials, the First Universalist Church’s board of directors approached Taylor about serving as pastor.
“I was overwhelmed,” Taylor said. “I saw it as an opportunity that God had given me to help guide in my spiritual journey.
The First Universalist Church was formed in 1770 by John Murray, Taylor explained. It subscribes to a philosophy that “God is love,” that all people are God’s children, and that all really want to walk in their journey through life with God. Among its members have been Thomas Jefferson and Paul Revere.
“Where people are celebrated, needed and ministered,” Taylor explained.
Serving as both the pastor of the First Universalist Church as well as Director of Student Activities is a challenge that Taylor relishes.
“There are a lot of opportunities,” he explained. “Keystone is a place of family and community, which makes the job almost like a pastor’s.
His goal, Taylor explained, is to guide people in a direction that is positive and spiritually moving.
“I’m just an ordinary guy, spreading the love of God,” he explained.