Recently, Coal Grove Church of the Nazarene pastor, Rev. Brian Taylor, received outstanding achievement recognition from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association for his community engagement and commitment to the game of football. Taylor was named the 2016-17 KHSAA Football Official of the Year and also received the “Good Call Award” from the National Association of Sports Officials for his role in the 2016 Class 6-A title game. It was also noted that Brain Taylor was called up to work NFL games back in 2012 during the time that the National Football League experienced a referee lockout for the first three games of that season.
This month, Pastor Taylor will begin his 19th season as a football referee and blow his whistle beyond the pulpit. In addition to serving as pastor, Rev. Taylor also works as Director of Project Management at King’s Daughters Medical Center along with leading an excellent crew of High School referees running up and down the sidelines. In his acceptance speech, Pastor Taylor expressed his appreciation and deep respect for the fantastic group of referees who have helped to shape both his personal life and career as a “whistle-blower“.
The full story was reported by both The Daily Independent on July 30th and The Ironton Tribune. We join the Kentucky High School football nation in saluting the reputation and professionalism of this Nazarene pastor/official. Football is definitely more than just a game for this man of God who wears zebra stripes when he preaches a sermon with his life outside the walls of the church. A special thank you goes to Pastor Gary Henry from our Sunrise Church for making us aware of this recognition.