The Reverend Dean Taylor, Interim Rector
The Rev. Taylor is a priest in the Episcopal Church whose “ministry brief” states, “It is my deepest belief that every human being born on the planet is a beloved child of God.” He has previously served as interim rector in Sarasota, Florida and Marietta, Georgia. Interim Ministry marks a new phase in his ordained ministry, with each new assignment a unique challenge and adventure. “That interim year,” he says, “can be a very fruitful time of parish self examination and lots and lots of celebration of who you are as a parish.” Preaching, teaching, and pastoral care—“listening with care the wonder to the other person’s journey”—remain the favorite aspects of his ministry. Taylor was an English Major at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and worked as a newspaper reporter and then teacher/coach before entering Virginia Theological Seminary. His hometown is Eufaula, Alabama.
Reverend Michael McCann
Born in Missouri, Michael grew up in New Jersey and attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and received his BA in History in 1968. He received his Masters of Divinity in New Testament and Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1971. He then was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts and began his Episcopal ministry at St. Chrysostom’s in Wollaston, Massachusetts. In 1974 he became Rector of Trinity Church in Hampton, NH. In 1980 he came to Grace Church as Assistant Rector. In 1987 Michael left Grace and began full time teaching at Lakeview Academy where he is now chair of the social studies department and sponsor of the Honor Council. At Grace Michael has taught puppetry, Centerpoint Jungian classes, EfM, and evening Bible study, and continues to lead Sunday morning Adult Bible study classes. He is married to Candy E. McCann, a physical therapist for the Hall County Schools and a certified Music Practitioner harpist working with Hospice, and a member of Daughters of the King and the Meals Committee. Their children are scattered about the country, Chris married and writing in Seattle, Sarah a poet and teaching and holding the chair of creative writing at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, Dan married and editing films in San Francisco, and Amy a photographer and graphic designer in Baltimore.