Mary Kaylor

Rev. Mary Kaylor serves as our Minister for Newcomers and Young Adults here at First Baptist on Fifth.

Rev. Mary Thomas Kaylor has served communities and churches in India, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. She’s worked in the area of missions, children’s and youth ministry, and spiritual formation. She has been a member of First on Fifth 2019 and previously served as Interim Youth Minister during the pandemic days. While it was indeed challenging this time was also full of meaningful engagement with our youth and their families. She is excited to be a part of this fabulous staff team again ministering alongside this loving community!

The guiding principle for Mary’s ministry is, “You will never look into the eyes of someone God does not love,” which reflects the truth of 1 John chapter 4. This thought serves as the catalyst for her to meet people where they are, love them exactly as God created them and to walk with them as they live into who God has called them to be. 

Mary holds a Master of Divinity with a Christian Education concentration from the McAfee School of Theology, an MBA and a BBA in Accounting from Campbell University. She has completed a Thriving as a Congregational Ministry Associate Program at Columbia Theological Seminary, a Death & Dying Guide Training and a number of training workshops through the Racial Equity Institute. 

In her free time Mary enjoys reading, trying new recipes, shopping for a bargain and decorating.  She is married to Joey, a horticulturist at Reynolda Gardens. Together they love playing with their dog Binx, seeking out new local restaurants and going on adventures.