Hello! My name is Nicki Taylor and I am excited to begin serving as your new pastor in July. I am originally from Western Kentucky, and attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green where I double majored in Agriculture and Mass Communications.
I met my husband, Travis Taylor, during college and we married in 2014. In 2015, we both graduated and made Lakeland our home. My husband worked at Valencia College in Orlando until 2018, and now works at the University of South Florida as an academic advisor.
I attended seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, and graduated with my Master of Divinity in 2019. From 2015-2020, I served and attended Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida. Originally, I worked as their Communication Specialist, and most recently I served as the Director of Small Group Ministries.
My husband and I still live in Lakeland and have an amazing 7-month-old son named Wyatt. We also have two dogs, a pug named Henry and a Golden Retriever named Millie. We both love running (we completed the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2019), cooking and theme parks (we are annual passholders of Disney World).
I am being commissioned as a Provisional Elder this Saturday (June 6th) in the United Methodist Church and am eager to serve at United Methodist Temple as my first appointment! I am excited to see what God has in store for us as we partner in ministry together. Blessings to you all!
Louise Urquhart, who retired from the church office in 2013, has been back in the office since the beginning of 2016. Louise is a Certified United Methodist Church Secretary. She has three grown children (2 sons and 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren) of which two children live in Lakeland. Louise shares her home with 3 cats and 1 dog. She is originally from Massachusetts and has been in the south since the early 70’s. Louise enjoys camping, gardening, crafts, walking, and biking.
James E. Jordan (Jim) received his B.A. degree in Sacred Music from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, in 1980, majoring in organ and voice. He has studied organ under Mrs. Doris Brinson, Dr. Bennett Penn, and Miss Janice Van Otterloo, and piano under Paula Parsché and Dr. Rita Fandrich. Jim has taught piano and voice at Polk State College as an adjunct professor for several years, and after 16 years at Polk State College as the Director/Manager of Systems and Programming, he now is the Technical Project Manager at Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s only university focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Jim is a native Floridian, and currently lives in Fort Meade, Florida.