Bishop Mary Virginia "Dindy" Taylor 75T
Resident Bishop, Holston Episcopal Area
Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church
Mary Virginia Taylor earned a BA from the University of Georgia and completed an MDiv at Emory's Candler School of Theology in 1975. It was at Candler that she met Rusty Taylor. They were married in June 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 she 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. After serving the Columbia Area for eight years, she was assigned to the Holston Area in 2012.
She has served six times as a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference and to the Jurisdictional Conference. During those 20 years, she has served on the General Council on Ministries and the General Board of Church and Society. Bishop Taylor has been the chair of the Holston Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the chair of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration. In September 2004 Bishop Taylor was elected to serve as president of the General Commission on Status and Role of Women.
The Taylors are parents to two daughters: Mandy, who is married to Kyle Young, and Tiffany.