Barbara Brown Taylor


Born: 21 September 1951, Atlanta, Georgia

Earned a B.A. in religion at Emory University in 1973 and, with no interest in ordained ministry, earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1976. Drawn to pastoral ministry after seminary, she was ordained a deacon at Atlanta in 1983 and a priest the following year, serving as an assistant to the rector at All Saint's Church, Atlanta. In 1992 she sought and received a call from Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church at Clarkesville, Georgia, a small parish in a small town. Her diligence and effective preaching caused the parish to grow, going from one service in the sanctuary that seated 80 to four services with a clear need for a new building. In 1996 she was named one of the dozen "most effective" preachers in the English language by Baylor University, causing more difficulty as buses of visitors would arrive to hear her sermons, leaving no room for the members. Under the stress of the growth on the parish and the demands on her time she accepted a position as a professor at Piedmont College at Demorest, Georgia and left the ministry, a transition covered in her book "Leaving Church", published in 2007. Since 2001 she has also served as adjunct professor of Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decator, Georgia. She has published a dozen book on preaching and spirituality and is in demand as a speaker.

Biography from Wikipedia and Georgia Center for the Book

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