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David Justin Lynch says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles] The Rev. John Taylor was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Los Angeles on the eighth ballot Dec. 3 by delegates gathered for the 121st annual meeting of the diocese at the Ontario Convention Center.Taylor, 62, has served as vicar of St. John Chrysostom Church and School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, since 2004. He was elected by 122 votes in the clergy order and 194 votes in the lay order.The election culminated a nearly two-year search process. Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno announced during his address to convention that he will retire at the beginning of Diocesan Convention 2017.The other five nominees were:The Rev. Paul Fromberg, rector, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, California;The Rev. Rachel Nyback, rector, St. Cross by the Sea, Hermosa Beach, California;The Rev. Anna Olson, rector, St. Mary’s, Los Angeles;The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon, bishop-in-charge and suffragan to the presiding bishop, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe;The Rev. Mauricio Wilson, rector, St. Paul’s Church, Oakland.Additional information about the candidates may be found here.“To our divided nation, to those living in fear and uncertainty, to anyone yearning for a rich relationship with the God in Christ who loves everyone without reservation, The Episcopal Church throws its arms open,” Taylor said after the election was announced. “In our diverse, far-flung diocese, we are united in our baptismal pledge to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being, especially those who are most vulnerable. I look forward with joy to serving alongside my fellow ministers — laypeople, deacons, priests and bishops — as we continue to proclaim the gospel in word and deed.”A lifelong Episcopalian, Taylor was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, the son of journalists and formerly served as chief of staff to former President Richard M. Nixon and later as the executive director of the Nixon Library.He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Divinity degree at the Claremont School of Theology and Bloy House. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.He was ordained a priest in January 2004 and also served as curate at the Church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Fullerton.The Diocese of Los Angeles “groans with the potential for growth through mission and ministry to those in our communities who do not know our church but whom our God in Christ commands us to reach, embrace, empower and serve,” Taylor has said.His is a “via media” leadership style — listening to his own instincts in consultation with others. “I listen to all stakeholders to learn from them,” he has said. “If they’ve been heard, they’ll be more likely to affirm my decision even if they don’t agree with it.”Taylor has written two novels, Patterns of Abuse and Jackson Place, numerous newspaper and magazine articles and a blog, The Episcoponixonian.Taylor married Kathleen Hannigan O’Connor in 2002; he has two daughters, Valerie and Lindsay, and two stepchildren, Daniel and Meaghan.The Diocese of Los Angeles encompasses some 70,000 Episcopalians in 136 neighborhood congregations and mission centers, some 40 schools and 15 other specialized service institutions located in six California counties. Los Angeles historically is one of the five most populous and culturally diverse of the Episcopal Church’s 109 dioceses.Pending the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Taylor will be ordained and consecrated as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Los Angeles on July 8, 2017 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY December 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm Bishop-elect Taylor, I am quite sure you are very familiar with the situation at Saint James in Newport Beach. Assuming you are confirmed by the various standing committees, why not arrange for Bishop Bruno to resign effective the date of your consecration and then you take over immediately? He has served honorably, but his behavior towards Saint James has deprived him of the respect needed for a bishop to function as such. A resignation on a date certain might enable him to avoid a canonical trial so he can leave with his head held high rather than in disgrace. And as your first episcopal act, please sign a deed conveying Saint James to the parish itself to end the conflict between the congregation and the diocese. Look at this from a pastoral viewpoint instead of the money. These people just want their church back so they can use it to worship. You can raise money in other ways. The good will you will generate by returning the church to the congregation would place you in high esteem that might stimulate people to give money to your diocese. Do the right thing, Father Taylor. Do what you have to to do get Saint James its church back. The Rev. John Taylor with his wife Kathleen Hannigan O’Connor. Photo: Diocese of Los Angeles New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN House of Bishops Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Comments are closed.