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Wayne Taylor is the founding pastor and has been the lead Pastor of Calvary Fellowship Seattle
for 41 years. During this time, God used their church to help plant over 50 churches, about half
locally, and half globally. Recently, Wayne has transitioned to be an itinerate Bible teacher, a
support minister to the church, and Director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Seattle.
Being a member of the Calvary Chapel movement, Pastor Chuck Smith was often the standard
many were compared to. Pastor Wayne recalls on early sermon he delivered as a young pastor,
shortly after planting his church. He doesn’t remember the subject but vividly recalls a woman
who approached after the service and told Wayne he did pretty good but not as good as Pastor
Chuck ! Despite the lackluster review, Wayne was not discouraged and pressed on as a new
As young man, Wayne was a musician and felt an early call to evangelism. He loves connecting
with people on an individual basis and has adapted his preaching style to allow him to be a
more dynamic speaker. One way Wayne accomplishes this is by memorizing large portions of
biblical text. This allows him to “read” the word without breaking eye contact with his audience.
While quoting scripture, Wayne describes being in the mindset of the Apostle Paul and the joy
of delivering the gospel in a more intimate way.
While Wayne does have complete sermon notes, his ability to preach without reading them
allows him to gauge the congregation. This fluidity often allows for the Holy Spirit to impact the
moment so Wayne can deliver a unique message each and everytime he preaches. With an
evangelist heart behind all of his sermons, this ability to be in the moment with his audience
helps Wayne to really be honest and powerful with his content.
Pastor Wayne is so encouraging and provides wonderful insight in his hope for continued

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