Dr. Don DeCarlo Taylor is a life long native of Shreveport, LA. He is a 1979 honors graduate of Green Oaks High School. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served his country honorably as a Company Commander in the 95th Division until he resigned as an Army Reserve Captain in 1998. He is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, LA where he received his BA in Biblical Studies.He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in May 2017 from Inter Baptist Theological Seminary in Shreveport, LA.
In March 2002 Pastor Taylor accepted his call to the ministry at the Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Prince A. Gipson Jr. Before accepting his call to the ministry he served as Chairman of the Deacon Ministry, Chancel Choir President, Assistant Church School Director, Youth Supervisor, New Member Orientation Instructor, and Brotherhood President at Christ Temple. Also he served as Brotherhood President and Treasurer for the Mount Hermon Baptist District Association
Prior to becoming Pastor of The Stoner Hill Baptist Church, he was Pastor of the Saint Anthony Baptist Church of Shreveport for 4 years from 2004-2008. Dr. Taylor retired from the Bossier City Fire Department after 21 years, where he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief, Internal Affairs Director, and Recruiting Officer. He was a HazMat Technician, High Angle and Ropes Technician, an Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) and an instructor for Emergency Medical Technicians; (Basics and Paramedics); he was also Regional Faculty with the American Heart Association. Furthermore he was a coach with the West Shreveport Athletic Association, (G – Men Tigers) from 2001-2008.
He's married to the former Ms. Ellen Silas, and has two children Kayla and Don Jr. (DJ). Pastor Taylor enjoys, reading, walking, lifting weights, peanut butter and bananas, and vacations with his family.