THE REV. C. DEAN TAYLOR begins his ministry at st. boniface on 2nd october 2011
The Rev. Dean Taylor is a priest in the Episcopal Church whose “ministry brief” states, “It is my deepest belief that every human being born on the planet is a beloved child of God.”
His current Interim Ministry year at St. James, Marietta, Georgia, follows a 20 year rectorship at St. Mark’s in Dalton, Georgia, and Assistantships in St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Louisville, and Church of the Advent in Nashville. “What a joy it has been,” he says, “to see, on Face Book, those teenagers that I not only baptized as babies, but whose parents I married!”
Interim Ministry marks a new phase in his ordained ministry, with each new assignment a unique challenge and adventure. “That interim year,” he says, “can be a very fruitful time of parish self examination and lots and lots of celebration of who you are as a parish.” Preaching, teaching, and pastoral care—“listening with care the wonder to the other person’s journey”—remain the favorite aspects of his ministry.
Taylor was an English Major at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and worked as a newspaper reporter and then teacher/coach before entering Virginia Theological Seminary. His hometown is Eufaula, Alabama.
He has three grown (and employed!) children: Charlie, a recent graduate of Environmental Law at the University of Hawaii; Conner, a sales representative of United Wine Distributors in Atlanta; and Lucy, a counselor in the S.U.W.S. Teen Wilderness Therapy Program in Ashville, North Carolina.
Interests and hobbies include cello, white-water canoeing, hiking, biking, and an occasional golf game with his younger brother. (“My ministry of golf,” he states, “is to make others feel better about their game.”) Future “Bucket List” entries include sea kayaking, and learning to sail.