Mary Virginia Taylor
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Mary Virginia Taylor (born March 3, 1950) is a bishop in The United Methodist Church in the U.S., serving the Holston Conference. She was elected in 2004 on the 34th ballot, receiving 354 of 549 votes cast at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. She was endorsed by the Holston Conference delegation. From 2004 to 2012 Taylor served the South Carolina Conference. Her time in South Carolina was marked by many problems. Her leadership style of Annual Conference sessions was scattered and inefficient. Taylor received much criticism for appointing her husband, Rusty, to be Director of Congregational Development shortly after their arrival, a position that had a salary of well over $100,000 per year. This, along with one of her daughters entering the ministry and receiving aappointments higher than most would, led to a common view of Taylor practicing nepotism. Another hot button issue, a new residence was purchased in an exclusive, gated community, located in Northeast Columbia. The property featured an in-ground pool. Many viewed Bishop Taylor as one of the least effective, and perhaps most divisive episcopal leaders ever to hold the office in South Carolina.
In 2012, Taylor was appointed to serve the Holston Annual Conference, beginning her service on September 1, 2012.
She is married to Rev. James Russell "Rusty" Taylor, an elder in the South Carolina Conference, and has two daughters, Mandy Taylor Young, and Mary Tiffany Taylor, and one granddaughter (born September 18, 2009).
Ordained deacon 1974 and ordained elder 1976 in the Holston Annual Conference, "Dindy," as she is sometimes known, served at churches in Athens, Knoxville, Gray, Bluff City, Kingsport, and Chattanooga, Tennessee before being appointed Cleveland District Superintendent
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