Grace Lutheran Church Calls Pastor Timothy Taylor
We are pleased to announce our call of the Pastor Timothy Taylor to serve as Senior Pastor to our congregation.
Meet Pastor Tim Taylor
I was born and raised in Newark New Jersey. As one of ten children, I was raised by single mom who helped us grow up with a sense of family and community.
Education and Early Career
I attended Susquehanna University (S.U.), in Selinsgrove, Pa. where I received a BA in Religion. After SU I became a Foster Care & Adoption social worker for Lutheran Community Services in New York City.
Following college I enlisted and served in the NJ Army National Guard. I did my basic training at Fort Jackson, SC (Tank Hill), and my Advanced Individual Training as a communication specialist at Fort Gordon Georgia.
During my summers at S.U. I worked at the Beisler Camping and Retreat Center, in New Jersey as a camp counselor, where I met my wife Sharon. We were married in June of 1985.
Next I received a Masters of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.(LTSP).
After graduation I accepted a call to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Marlton, NJ. After Marlton I served as the Director of Camp Beisler where I was the first African American Executive Director of an ELCA Outdoor Ministry. I also served two congregations as interim pastor; Holy Trinity Lutheran in Union NJ and Holy Cross Lutheran, North Philadelphia PA. Following those two calls I was then called to be a redevelopment pastor at Living Word Lutheran Church in Roslyn, PA, and assistant to Bishop Almquist in the South Eastern PA synod.
Next I was called to Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church in Upper Black Eddy, PA where I served for 8 years. My wife Sharon and I moved to Raleigh, NC in 2015 where she took the call as Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Youth, Outdoor Ministry and Diversity
This summer I am excited to be leading a team of chaplains for the National ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer, along with my wife Sharon. I serve on several teams looking at how Lutheran Outdoor Ministries can be more inclusive and relevant to today’s children and young adults. I have led many workshops on the topic of diversity in our society for a variety of audiences such as youth ministries, synods, school systems, and government agencies.