Rev. Herb Taylor became Senior Pastor at Harvard-Epworth UMC in August, 2014. Before coming to the church, he served as President and CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, a not-for-profit aging services provider. Founded in 1889, the Deaconess 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.
Prior to the Deaconess, Rev. Taylor served churches in Wilmington, MA and Newbury, MA. Before entering the ministry, Rev. Taylor was a management consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc.
Rev. Taylor earned a B.S. from Bates College, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and an 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; he has led or participated in mission trips to Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, New York City, and rural Maine .