Step by step the husband of the woman pastor, while establishing their own identity and worth, must grow into the unique call to support their spouse’s ministry. Through the pondering of biblical couples such as of Deborah and Lapidoth, Priscilla and Aquila; through the mining the story of the emerging equalitarian leadership of the House of God Church; and most of all, through a careful ethnographic study of ten First Gentlemen, Jacqueline Taylor outlines some of those steps. And in doing that she makes a significant contribution to the life of the church in the twenty-first century.
Dr. Lewis A. Parks
Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Congregational Development
Wesley Theological Seminary
“This topic is not talked about in the mainstream but Dr. Taylor has brought women leadership in the church to the forefront in this confrontational book. I love it! If I ever marry a Pastor, I have a thoughtful and insightful guide to help me.”
You are to be commended for penning such a scholarly, well written, and properly documented resource, The First Gentleman: The Role of the Female Pastor’s Husband. I enjoyed reading this informative book and learned much from the various discussions contained therein. Many parishioners who have female pastors have often pondered this topic and will be enlightened by reviewing the topic as you have presented it.
Thank you for listening to God’s voice and for meeting the challenge addressed in your research. May you continue to be guided by God Almighty in your ministry.
Trial Elder Clara B. Williams, Incumbent President
International Missionary Outreach Society
THE HOUSE OF GOD CHURCH – Keith Dominion
Retired Language Arts Curriculum Specialist
The School Board of Broward County, Florida