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Virginia Baptist Historical Society Announces New Executive Director


Nathan L. Taylor has been elected executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies effective May 1, 2017.  Both institutions are housed at the University of Richmond.

Taylor is a graduate of Asbury College and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  He is scheduled to receive a Doctor of Ministry degree from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology at the end of this year.

Taylor taught United States history at Woodford County High School in Versailles, KY.  He is a contributing writer for Smyth & Helwys Publishers.  He comes to his new position from Central Baptist Church in Richmond where he was an associate pastor.

He is a member of the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Mission and participated in the 2015 Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa.  He has served on the Virginia Baptist Historical Society’s Executive Committee since 2010 as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies.

Frank Schwall, president of the Historical Society, remarked, “Rev. Taylor comes to the Society and the Center equipped with the expertise and gifts to project their ministry into the future with creativity and strength.  He has a passion for Virginia Baptists’ significant contribution to establishing religious liberty in our nation and a commitment to safeguard that heritage.”