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.