Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Taylor

The Reverend Dr. Ron Taylor has been the rector at St. Peter by-the-Lake since August 1st 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Wingate University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the School of Theology at the University of South, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree also from the University of the South.

Father Ron is married to Karen and they have two adult children, Matthew and Caitlin. Father Ron’s hobbies include reading, sports, astronomy and music.

“I believe that being a follower of Jesus means putting what we say we believe into some form of concrete action in the world. Loving God and neighbor means far more than ‘belief’ in a set of creeds or principles…it means ‘following’. Whether it’s visiting the sick and shut-in, or serving meals to the hungry, or working with children and youth, or hammering nails…every one of us has been given a gift of ministry. We are all called to find those gifts and to use them for the building up of Christ’s Kingdom.”

Bishop José A. McLoughlin

The Rt. Rev. José A. McLoughlin was consecrated as the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina on October 1, 2016. Prior to his election as bishop of the diocese of Western North Carolina, McLoughlin served as the Canon to the Ordinary and Chief-of-Staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma since 2008. 

Ordained in 2005, McLoughlin earned his Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his call to the priesthood, McLoughlin worked in the criminal justice field serving in the State of Florida as a police officer and in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in various capacities, most recently as the special assistant/senior advisor to the assistant attorney general.

McLoughlin and his wife Laurel have been married for 23 years, and together have two children, Alexander, 17, and Alyson, 14. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, McLoughlin is bilingual, enjoys music, playing the drums, and studying 18th century American history.

Janice McGuire and Jim Bowden
Gary Johnston
Kate D'Amato
Deania Russo
Director of Christian Formation
Leigh Ann Johnston
Organist & Director of Music
Vestry Members

Beckye Smith, Senior Warden

Deania Russo, Junior Warden

Jim Bowden

Pastoral Care, Worship & Liturgy

Celine DeLuca

Pastoral Care, Building & Grounds

Jim Heil


Scott Major


Michele Moss

Mission/Outreach, Christian Formation & Newcomers, Building &Grounds

Dale Readling

Worship & Liturgy

Deania Russo

Creation Care, Christian Formation & Newcomers, Building & Grounds

Beckye Smith

Pastoral Care, Stewardship, Finance, Building & Grounds

Michelle Stewart

Creation Care, Mission/Outreach, Technology &Digital Ministry

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