Pastor Sayler grew up in Augusta, Kansas, near Wichita, and received his undergraduate degree at Sterling (Kansas) College.
He likes the atmosphere in small Midwestern communities. Sayler says he has found that in towns the size of Cherokee "You may not have everything you want, but you do have everything you need," and says that he has found the members of his congregation as well as other people in Cherokee to be "very friendly, welcoming, and receptive" to he and his family - wife Christine, daughter Hannah, 6, and son Caleb, 4.
Sayler came to Cherokee from Westminister Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Kans., where he served as an Associate Pastor for Adult Ministries and Discipleship for three years. Prior to that, he served as pastor for a small congregation in Alva, Oklahoma.
Pastor Saylor received his Master of Divinity degree in 2001 from the Princeton, N.J. Theological Seminary, where he had studied since 1998.
Sayler enjoys camping in the mountains of Colorado, Christine's home state, and would like to take an adult group on an outing there some time in the future. He has no plans to disrupt anything at the church by making major changes. He will be having a meeting with congregation members sometime in the next couple of months to discuss his and their vision of the church.
There will be a structural change to the church building coming soon, though, as new metal doors will replace the old wooden doors at the church entrance.