DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Over two weeks ago, after the retirement of Dr. Johnny Fain in last July, a new senior pastor stepped into the pulpit at First Baptist Church of Dothan.

Dr. Taylor Rutland began his ministerial journey at First Baptist Church of New Orleans. Over his many years working there, he served in many different facets, including his last position as a teaching pastor.

“So we began praying through this process in April and the search committee came to New Orleans at the end of May,” Rutland said. “We had a conversation then. We were still kind of unsure how God would move, but ultimately over the course of the summer, we really began to see and envision a ministry for our family here.”

For other tenured ministerial staff members, Rutland brings something different to the table.

“He’s young,” associate pastor Bob Gross said. “We’re excited about that perspective that he’s going to bring to the church and how that’s going to rejuvenate us old people like myself.”

Rutland is looking forward to getting plugged in.

“What I’m really most excited about is just getting out into the community, meeting new people, and letting them know that I’m not just somebody that preaches on Sunday but that I really care about everything that the community does.”

He wants FBC Dothan to be a light in the community.

“And so it’s really important to me that this church is known as a church in the community, for not only having great worship on Sunday but for its people being active in the community, loving all people from all walks of life so that they can understand that Jesus truly cares about the entire person,” he said.