Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, affectionately called "Dindy" by her close friends and family, has always been nurtured by the church. Her parents and grandparents were lifelong Methodists.
Born in Washington, D.C., Bishop Taylor moved on her fifth birthday to Atlanta, Georgia. At nine years of age, she joined the church on profession of faith. During her years of growing up Decatur First United Methodist Church was her church home.
After graduating from Avondale High School and earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia, Bishop Taylor completed her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in 1975.
It was at Candler that she met Rusty Taylor. They were married in June of 1973 and began an adventure of serving as a clergy couple. They were ordained Deacons in 1974 and Elders in 1976.
Bishop Taylor served 30 years as a member of the Holston Conference in both rural and urban settings. It was in her fifth year as Cleveland District Superintendent that Mary Virginia Taylor was elected to the episcopacy in July 2004. On September 1, 2004 she became the first woman to serve as Resident Bishop of The Columbia Area (South Carolina Annual Conference) in The United Methodist Church. On September 1, 2012 she was reappointed to the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church where she is also the first woman to serve as Resident Bishop of the Holston Conference.
The Taylors are parents to two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Mandy, is married to Kyle Young and she is a pastor in the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Kyle and Mandy are the parents of the Taylor’s four grandchildren, Daisy, Grayson, Campbell and Wesley. Their youngest daughter, Tiffany, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tiffany is an interior designer. She and her husband, Brian Tucker, live in Chattanooga.