About the Authors
The Right Reverend G. Porter Taylor was consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina September 18, 2004. He grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and earned his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. in theology and literature from Emory University. He received his M.Div. from The School of Theology at Sewanee and served at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Before his call to the Holy and Sacred Order of Bishops, he served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Hope, Conversion, and Community, and From Anger to Zion: An Alphabet of Faith. Bishop Taylor is married to Jo Taylor, a research nurse. They have two children, Arthur and Marie.
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The Reverend Canon Robert A. “Gus” Boone is Canon for Lifelong Christian Formation and Ministry for the Diocese of Western North Carolina. He has served as rector for Episcopal congregations in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Prior to this he served in public schools as classroom teacher, guidance counselor, and in school administration. He was headmaster of St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, and taught Special Education and supervised Elementary School Student Teaching at the college level.
Gus holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. He graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, with a M.Div. in 1979.
Gus has been a member of the province IV Christian Formation Steering Committee and a member of the Episcopal Council for Christian Education. He was convener of the task force to create a Case Statement for the Creation of a Charter for Life-long Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church. He serves as a consultant for the Office of Congregational Learning and Children’s Ministries at the National Church Center. He enjoys writing and consulting in Christian Formation, enneagram training, and, as a former church organist and choir director in several congregations, continues his interest in liturgy and music. He is married with two children and four grandsons.
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The Reverend Canon Charlotte Dudley Cleghorn retired in March 2010 after 35 years of ministry, almost 25 in the Episcopal Church. She most recently was the Executive Director of the Centers For Christian Studies, now called the Center for Spiritual Resources, a ministry of the Cathedral of All Souls and the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Since coming to the diocese in 2002, Charlotte has been the Interim Priest at St. James, Hendersonville, and Holy Family, Mills River.
Charlotte attended Boston University as an undergraduate and received a Master of Religious Education in 1975. After nine years of chaplaincy work in private schools, she attended Virginia Theological Seminary where she received her M.Div. in 1986. Since then, Charlotte has served parishes in Ohio, Maine, California, and North Carolina.
Charlotte is a spiritual director and retreat leader as well as the trainer for the Parish Lay Discernment Committees for the Commission on Ministry. She also does supply work in the diocese. She enjoys drumming, golf, kayaking, gardening, reading, music, and learning about fixing up her 80-year-old house.
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The Reverend Deacon Ann R. Fritschner serves as deacon at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard, North Carolina, where she is clergy liaison for the World Missions and the Christian Social Concerns Committees.
Ann is also a professional fundraising trainer and teacher, and one of 125 Master Trainers in the 28,000-member worldwide Association of Professional Fundraisers. She is one of only 85 Advanced Certified Fundraising Executives and has been a member of AFP since 1986. Her book, How to Start and Run a Nonprofit, was published by Barnes and Noble in 2006.