The Reverend Dr. Catherine Taylor
Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Catherine came to BPC in 2010 after serving congregations in Atlanta GA and Ithaca NY. After growing up in Washington D.C. and the Missouri boot heel, she went to Duke, later earning Master of Divinity (‘92) and Doctor of Ministry (‘04) degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Between college and seminary she spent ten years as a writer and editor for journals and magazines, including a stint in Alabama as a stringer (freelancer) for Newsweek. “In the only full byline I got at Newsweek they misspelled my name!”
Catherine sees the Church as the gathered community of God’s people, called by Christ and empowered by the Spirit despite our messy imperfections. “The Church is where God chooses to be, bringing healing and grace through the actions of people who are themselves in need of grace while we grow as disciples. Together we learn to live in the world as it seems and as it really is—beloved of God and filled with God’s presence. The hidden work of God in and through frail and vulnerable people is the hope of the world.”
Catherine’s preaching has been featured on Day 1, (formerly The Protestant Hour). She has contributed to the RENOVARÉ Spiritual Formation Bible, and Feasting on the Word, Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Along with the Church, Catherine loves movies, theater, opera, and getting down and dirty in the garden. She and physician husband, Robert Dean, have two children, Tucker Dean, a games producer, and MacRorie Dean, an activist playwright.
Director of Communications and Church Life
Kendra has joined the staff of BPC as Director of Communication and Church Life. She is a native of Tennessee, and a 2008 honors graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, where she earned her Bachelor of Music, Music Education. In May of 2014 she graduated from George Fox with a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation. Kendra comes to us with a call to serve the Church, organizational and technical skills, seminary training, and a commitment to building Christian community.
Interim Director of Music
Amy spent almost ten years as the music director for Coastside Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay, CA. She also conducted the Intermediate Chorus for Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose for five years, and earned a Certification in Kodaly Methodology from Holy Names University in 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in voice from Rice University, and a Master's from the Longy School of Music, in Cambridge MA.
In California, Amy also maintained a private voice studio, directed the music for an after-school theater company, and taught elementary music and chorus for several of the Coastside schools. She and her family became members of BPC in 2014 after moving to Blacksburg, and last year she joined her husband on the faculty at Virginia Tech, as an adjunct voice instructor. Of the many hats she has worn, Amy writes, “Being mom to Matthew and Gretchen has been the most challenging and rewarding!”
Director Children’s Education and Youth Ministries
A childhood member of Blacksburg Presbyterian, Susan Hunter has served in its classrooms in almost every capacity–as a caregiver, teacher, volunteer, and now staff. Named Director of Children and Youth Ministries in 2008, Susan provides direction and staff support for the Nursery, and Sunday School program for Preschool-5th Graders; coordinates the Mid-High and Senior-High youth groups; staffs Vacation Bible School; and recruits and trains lay leaders for church school and youth programs. With a degree in clothing and textiles and additional training in architecture, she is also an active member of the Arts subcommittee.
Sherry Ingham began work at BPC in March 2006. Her past work experience is in various public school systems and a medical office background. Sherry manages the webpage and the scheduling of activities at BPC along with all the other tasks that keep things on track and running smooth here.
Sherry and husband, Randy, have three grown children and three grandsons.