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Granville Porter Taylor[1] (born September 17, 1950) is the sixth and immediate past Episcopal Bishop of Western North Carolina and is a regular attender and occasional celebrant/homilist (clergy associate) at St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain. In March 2015 he announced his intent to retire.[2] He was succeeded as bishop by the Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin.

Porter Taylor
Bishop of Western North Carolina
Bishop Taylor in clerical robes
ChurchEpiscopal Church
DioceseWestern North Carolina
PredecessorRobert Hodges Johnson
SuccessorJosé McLoughlin
Other postsRector of St. Gregory Episcopal Church
OrdinationApril 13, 1994
ConsecrationSeptember 18, 2004
Personal details
Birth nameGranville Porter Taylor
Born (1950-09-17) September 17, 1950 (age 69)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
ResidenceAsheville, North Carolina
SpouseJo Abbott Taylor
ChildrenArthur Taylor and Marie Taylor
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Taylor was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, but raised in Asheville, North Carolina.[3][4] He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972, followed by a Master of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina (1974) and a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature from Emory University (1983).[3]

In 1993, he received a Master of Divinity from the University of the South, Sewanee and was ordained a deacon.[3] He was ordained a priest on April 13, 1994,[1] and served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Church in Athens, Georgia.[4]

He was consecrated as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina on September 18, 2004.[4] The 999th bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church, he was consecrated by Robert Hodges Johnson, Michael Curry, and J. Neil Alexander at the Asheville Civic Center.

He is the author of To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Hope, Conversion, and Community and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith.[4] He and his wife, Jo Abbott Taylor (a research nurse), married in 1972; they have two children, Arthur and Marie. Arthur achieved his graduate degree (Ph.D.) in psychology at New York University, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children. Bishop Taylor's daughter, Marie, who spent a year at Randolph College (formally Randolph-Macon Women's College), transferred and graduated from Western Carolina University, with a B.S. in Anthropology, and is currently pursuing work in the Marine Sciences in Florida due to her significant work in marine sciences around the world.[3]

In 2016, Taylor was named the Visiting Professor of Episcopal Studies at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Granville Porter Taylor". Church Publishing: Clergy/Parish Finder.
  2. ^ "Western North Carolina Bishop Taylor will resign in September 2016".
  3. ^ a b c d "Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor". Reports on the Bishops of the Episcopal Church by Diocese. Archived from the original on 2010-08-09.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop". Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.
  5. ^ November 21; 2016 (2016-11-21). "Episcopal Bishop Porter Taylor appointed visiting professor". School of Divinity. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Robert Hodges Johnson
Bishop of Western North Carolina
Succeeded by
José McLoughlin