Guest Preacher this Sunday: Welcoming Bishop Porter Taylor

The Right Reverend G. Porter Taylor,
6th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
Western North Carolina, 2004 – 2016

This first Sunday in Lent, March 1, Bishop Porter Taylor will join us for the Parish Hall forum at 9:30 a.m. and to preach at the 10:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist.

The Right Reverend G. Porter Taylor served as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina from 2004 to 2016. He grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, earning his BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his MA in English from the University of South Carolina, and his PhD in theology and literature from Emory University. He received his MDiv from The School of Theology at Sewanee and served at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tennessee.

Currently he teaches at Wake Forest University Divinity School as a Visiting Professor for Episcopal Studies.

Before his call to serve the Church as a bishop, Porter served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Hope, Conversion, and Community, and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith. He is married to Jo Taylor, an artist and research nurse. They have two children, Arthur & Marie.

On a personal note, I am especially delighted to have Porter with us, as he was the bishop who confirmed me in the Episcopal Church, oversaw my discernment process towards priesthood, and ordained me a transitional deacon.

Please join us on Sunday as we enter the season of Lent and welcome Bishop Taylor.

The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge