Taylor is Featured Speaker at 147th Commencement

Lexington, Ky., March 28, 2013 – The Rev. Marian M. Taylor, PhD, Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, will deliver the keynote address at Lexington Theological Seminary’s 147th graduation service on Friday, May 10.

Dr. Taylor was awarded a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University in 1986. For her Fulbright-funded dissertation research, she spent more than a year in rural Haiti studying the community development work done under the auspices of Roman Catholic missionary orders.  From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Taylor served in Mexico City as a program officer for the Ford Foundation, aiding women’s organizations and working to improve conditions for peasant farmers.

Dr. Taylor holds a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. She was ordained in 1996 to executive leadership at the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) headquarters in Louisville. She served as director of the PCUSA’s international mission work, overseeing collaborations with 165 partner denominations in dozens of countries for almost a decade.

Since 2009, Dr. Taylor has helped the Kentucky Council of Churches find ways to increase the churches’ voice on social justice issues and to build trust and creative initiatives among church leaders. Those initiatives include a program to encourage health ministries and health advocacy, and a new Lilly-funded program of support to clergy peer learning groups.

“The Kentucky Council of Churches has been and continues to be an excellent partner in the work and ministry of Lexington Theological Seminary.  We are pleased Dr. Taylor will be able to join us as the 2013 Commencement speaker,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, LTS President.

The Seminary’s graduation service is at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus adjacent to Lexington Theological Seminary. A bagpipe processional will precede the service.

Scheduled graduation events are:

Thursday, May 9 ­– Private events
12 p.m. Graduates Luncheon (LTS Fellowship Hall)
1:30 p.m. Graduates Communion (Sanders Chapel)
2:45 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal
6 p.m. 22nd annual rose ceremony and dinner honoring women graduates, in memory of the late Rev. Karen Stroup

Friday, May 10 – Public events
10 a.m. Graduation (Memorial Hall), reception to follow in LTS Fellowship Hall


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.