On June 11, 2017, the Rev. C. Dean Taylor became the Interim Rector of the Church of Our Saviour. Father Taylor is a “cradle Episcopalian,” who began his liturgical journey as a very young acolyte at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia. “It was a very small parish at that time,” Taylor remembers, “and they needed all the help they could get at the altar, so I was actually an acolyte at age six!”
Because of this early role in the liturgy, he says, “The words of the Cranmer Prayer Book, and the sung liturgy were an important part of my growing up, from probably a ‘pre-verbal’ age!” That love of language and music led to an English degree at the University of the South at Sewanee, as well as a life-long interest in the cello, where he played in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Sewanee Summer Orchestra, and more recently, the Sarasota Pops Orchestra.
Taylor’s background includes a successful, 20-year Rector’s position at historic St. Mark’s in the mountains of Dalton, Georgia, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary as a parish.
In 2010, his career turned to the ministry of “Interim Rector,” which, he says, is “a unique opportunity to shepherd parishes going through that important transition from one rector to another.” Taylor has been interim rector for five parishes, including his most recent, St. Catherine’s Marietta, as well as parishes in Sarasota and Jacksonville, Florida, and Gainesville, Georgia. “Even though this Interim period will not be nearly as long as some others,” says Taylor, “I look forward to sharing this important time with the Church of Our Saviour.”