Baccalaureate Speaker

The Reverend Jemonde Taylor

The Reverend Jemonde Taylor

Reverend Jemonde Taylor is the 11th rector at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, N.C. 

Father Taylor grew up in Saint Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C. He worked as an automotive performance and design engineer for Michelin Tire Company in Greenville, S.C., for three years before entering seminary.

In 2009, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood. Prior to arriving at Saint Ambrose, Taylor served as a priest at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas, as a part of the Lily Foundation Fellowship. In addition to his responsibilities at Saint Michael, his ministry encompassed Jubilee Park and Saint Philip’s School.

Taylor is active in the diocese and larger church by serving as president of the Standing Committee, member of the Discipline Board, Diocesan Council, co-chair for the Nominating Committee to elect the XII Bishop Diocesan, consultant and advisor for the Office of Black Ministries, a contributor to Sermons that Work, board member for the Gathering of Leaders, and board and trustee member for the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He is also part of a five-person research team that received a $400,000 Henry Luce grant to produce a documentary film on gentrification, race, and theological practices. He enjoys studying the spirituality and history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Taylor has led pilgrimages to Ethiopia for Timkat (Epiphany) in January.

Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics and vehicle design from Stanford University. Taylor holds a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. 

Father Taylor is married to Kierson Leigh Taylor. They are the proud parents of two children.