John Taylor (1752-1833)

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Template:Otherpersons John Taylor (1752-1833) was a pioneer Primitive Baptist preacher in Kentucky.

John Taylor was born in Fauquier County, Virginia. He united with the Baptists when he was 20 years old, and began preaching while in Virginia. He moved to Kentucky around 1783. He was a pioneer in Kentucky, and one of the leading ministers of his day. Taylor opposed the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, which was organized in 1814. He presented his views in Thoughts on Missions, printed in 1820. A History of Ten Baptist Churches¹ was issued in 1823, and A History of Clear Creek Church: and Campbellism Exposed in 1830. He died in 1833 near Forks of Elkhorn in Franklin County, Kentucky.

Because of his pamphlet Thoughts on Missions, in which Taylor criticized missionary societies and their methods, John Taylor's name is associated with the anti-missionary movement among Baptists. Yet most of his ministry predates the missionary/anti-missionary division, and he appears to have never "divided" with his brethren over the issue. In his Baptist Encyclopedia, William Cathcart says, "He traveled and preached extensively and probably performed more labor, and was more successful than any other pioneer Baptist preacher in Kentucky."

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  • A History of Ten Baptist Churches - edited by Chester R. Young and reprinted by Mercer University Press in 1995 as Baptist Churches on the American Frontier
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