Bishop Taylor Retirement Celebration

Bishop Taylor Retirement Celebration

Bishop Mary Virginia “Dindy” Taylor has announced her intent to retire, effective September 1, 2021. We express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for Bishop Taylor, and her faithfulness in guiding Holston Conference for the past nine years. Bishop Taylor began her ministry in the Holston Conference in 1975 serving as chaplain at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Over the next 30 years, she served as an associate pastor, lead pastor, co-pastor, and district superintendent until she was elected to the episcopacy in 2004. Bishop Taylor served the South Carolina Conference for eight years before coming home to Holston to lead our conference.
 
A celebration of Bishop Taylor’s ministry will be held during our in-person Annual Conference gathering on August 28, 2021. An offering will be taken in honor of Bishop Taylor and her husband, Rusty, with gratitude for all they have done during their time of ministry with the Holston Conference. This offering will be used to help fund the “Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor and Reverend Rusty Taylor Endowment for Pastoral Ministry” at Candler School of Theology. This fund is used to support stipends for United Methodist students preparing for ordained, pastoral ministry through the Master of Divinity degree program with preference given to students from the Holston Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Click here to make a gift in their honor, or mail your contribution to:
 
Holston Conference
c/o Kathy Ratchford
PO Box 850
Alcoa, TN 37701-0850
 
In retirement, Bishop Taylor looks forward to more time with her children, grandchildren, and friends. If you would like to send a message or card to Bishop Taylor, you can email Congrats@holston.org, or you can mail your cards to:
 
Holston Conference
c/o Lori Sluder
PO Box 850
Alcoa, TN 37701-0850