Meet Our senior leader

Adrian S. taylor

Adrian S. Taylor is an accomplished business leader, possessing a broad range of professional experience. He is a speaker, consultant, resource facilitator, and pastor. He is the current Lead Pastor of the Springhill Church in Gainesville, Florida, serves on the State Board of Missions for the Florida Baptist Convention, and at 43, he became the youngest Moderator in the history of the Jerusalem M.B. Association.

Adrian holds degrees in Business Administration from Santa Fe College and Saint Leo University and a Master of Science Degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development from the University of Florida.

In 2005, at twenty-five (25), he moved to Gainesville to serve as the Lead Pastor of the Springhill Church, where he has led an era of growth in members and community impact. The Springhill Church is sharing the gospel message throughout the Gainesville region and beyond through over twenty-five ministries, emphasizing missional engagement. His accomplishments as Pastor include increased worship attendance, baptisms, and annual operating budget. Springhill has continue its strong community connectivity through a missional outreach strategy that is connects with government, education, and civic organizations.

Adrian’s commitment to the community, combined with his experience in the corporate sector, enabled him to serve as a member of several communities and government boards, including the City of Gainesville Planning and Zoning Board, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce (Board Treasurer), United Way of North Central Florida, the Alachua County Education Foundation, a community scientist for the University of Florida Cancer Disparity Research Collaborative (2021-Present), North Central Florida Baptist Association (Executive Committee); and the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Association (Moderator).

In 2013 Adrian transitioned from the Board Treasurer position of the Chamber’s Board of Directors to its staff and served as Vice President of Development and Operations from 2013-2016. During this time, he managed more than eighteen employees and a $1.5 million budget for his division. Adrian spearheaded the creation of the region’s first Dual Career Partner Program in collaboration with the University of Florida and the Chamber’s Innovation Gainesville (IG) initiative. Additionally, Rev. Taylor developed a new membership engagement strategy; created a new leadership development model, reorganized the financial operations, and developed business workshops.

He lives in Gainesville with his wife, Dr. Courtney Taylor, a professor in the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida, and their daughter, Alexis.

* Business Development
* Board Governance
* Administration
* Non-profit Management
* Transformational Organization Change

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