Rev. Herbert (Herb) B. Taylor
I feel blessed to be in a parish which has such a long standing connection to Harvard University. It is a special connection since my call to ministry came out of involvement with the Harvard chaplains when I was a student at Harvard Business School. It was through experiences on mission trips to Haiti and Peru with a Harvard Graduate School Christian Fellowship group that I began to think about ministry. So, coming to Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor, in August 2014, and getting involved with the Harvard Chaplaincy feels in some way like coming home.
After I graduated from Harvard Business School, I went back to the management consulting company I had worked for before, and spent some years there involved in strategic planning, organizational development, merger and acquisition advice, and marketing direction for U.S. and multinational corporations. But, the pull to ministry continued and eventually I ended up going to seminary and serving churches in Massachusetts.
But, then an opportunity came for me to blend my management and ministry experience and I accepted a position I held for the last 12 years, before coming back to parish ministry in August, as President and CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities. The Deaconess is a not for profit aging services provider founded in 1889 which today has over 400 employees and serves over a thousand older adults through skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living apartments in multiple locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
So, I know there are many opportunities to live out our faith and I look forward to connecting to students in the midst of these formative experiences at Harvard to talk and share in the great plans God has for us.
Rev. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science from Bates College, a M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a M.Div. from Boston University. He has served on a variety of not for profit Boards and most recently co-chaired the strategic planning task force for the New England United Methodist Conference. He has been actively involved in mission work and has led or participated in mission trips to Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, New York City, and rural Maine.