The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Virginia, is honored to announce the appointment of the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor as Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia. Taylor is the retired Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina and comes to the Diocese of Virginia from Wake Forest University Divinity School, where he serves as a visiting professor of Episcopal Studies.
"I am delighted that my colleague Bishop Taylor will join us in mission and ministry in Virginia," said Bishop Goff. "I know him to be a man of substance and deep faith, and his gifts will complement and expand those already present among us. The timing is perfect, too, since we will have the team we need when we begin rescheduling the visitations that we miss during this season of COVID-19. God is good. We are blessed."
Bishop Taylor will begin his ministry within the Diocese of Virginia on July 1, 2020. He will join Bishop Goff and Assistant Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson in episcopal visitations to churches, schools, colleges and retirement communities; the support of clergy and congregations in varieties of ways; and development of clergy teaching days around diocesan mission priorities.
Bishop Taylor will maintain an office in Northern Virginia. He and his wife Jo, an artist, will live in Arlington. He will work three weeks per month in the Diocese and the couple will stay at their home in Ashville, N.C., one week per month.
"While I have loved teaching for the past three years, I have sorely missed being immersed in the ways in which God reveals the holy in the rituals, practices, interactions and even business of the Church. I am grateful to Bishop Goff for this opportunity," said Bishop Taylor.
Bishop Taylor was ordained a priest in 1994 in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. From 1994-96, he served as Assistant Rector of St. Paul's Church in Franklin, Tenn. He then served as Rector of St. Gregory the Great in Athens, Ga., from 1996-2004. In 2004, he was consecrated the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Following his retirement as Bishop in 2016, he joined the faculty of Wake Forest University Divinity School.
In addition to his Master of Divinity from University of the South, Sewanee, Bishop Taylor also holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature from Emory University. 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.