G. Porter Taylor
|The Right Reverend
|Diocese of Western North Carolina of the Episcopal Church in the United States|
Bishop Taylor in clerical robes
|Diocese||Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina|
|See||Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina|
|Predecessor||Robert Hodges Johnson|
|Other posts||Rector of St. Gregory Episcopal Church|
|Ordination||April 13, 1994|
|Consecration||September 18, 2004|
|Birth name||Granville Porter Taylor|
September 17, 1950 |
Rock Hill, South Carolina
|Residence||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Spouse||Jo Abbott Taylor|
|Children||Arthur Taylor and Marie Taylor|
|Alma mater||UNC-Chapel Hill|
G. Porter Taylor
|Reference style||The Right Reverend|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Taylor was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, but raised in Asheville, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972, followed by a Master of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina (1974) and a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature from Emory University (1983).
In 1993, he received a Master of Divinity from the University of the South, Sewanee and was ordained a deacon. He was ordained a priest on April 13, 1994, and served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Church in Athens, Georgia.
He was consecrated as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina on September 18, 2004. The 999th bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church, he was consecrated by Robert Hodges Johnson, Michael Bruce Curry, and J. Neil Alexander at the Asheville Civic Center.
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 and his wife, Jo Abbott Taylor (a research nurse), married in 1972; they have two children, Arthur and Marie. Arthur currently is achieving his graduate degree in psychology at New York University and Marie attends Western Carolina University, studying Anthropology.
|Episcopal Church (USA) titles|
Robert Hodges Johnson
|Bishop of Western North Carolina