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 Music and Organist
Jeffrey Anthony has served Presbyterian, Lutheran, and UCC congregations in Alabama, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University (Bloomington), a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Arizona State University, and a Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Luther Seminary. He studied choral conducting with Anton Armstrong and Robert Scholz, organ with John Ferguson and Robert Clark, and voice with James McKeel and Anthony Holt.
Jeffrey performed as a singer and served on the Board of Directors of the Valley Chamber Chorale in Phoenix, Arizona. As a member of the Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet, he performed throughout the Southwest and Mexico, and with the Phoenix Symphony. The quartet also performed as invited guests in the historic East Room of the White House.
Communicating the Gospel through music—and enabling and encouraging others to do the same—is Jeffrey’s main goal as Director of Music. The incredible power of music was recognized by John Calvin, who wrote about music, “There is scarcely in the world anything which is more able to turn or bend this way and that the morals of men... And in fact, we find by experience that it has a sacred and almost incredible power to move hearts in one way or another.”
“I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.”—Psalm 146:2
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.
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.
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.