Phil Taylor is currently the volunteer Chaplain of Day By Day Treatment Center of Johnston County, Inc. His ministry there is an outreach of the Free Episcopal Church in Eastern North Carolina.
Phil was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and has lived in North Carolina since 1973. Although Phil has spent over 50 years in the Anglican tradition, he has had considerable experience in the Original Free Will Baptist, Methodist, and Lutheran traditions. Local pastors often call upon Phil to preach and teach at various congregations in the area.
Vicar Taylor has a B.A. in History from The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He completed the Education for Ministry Program by extension from The University of The South in 1992. In May 1994 he completed the Deacon Training Program of the Diocese of North Carolina and in May 1999 he completed the Core Curriculum program of The College of Preachers in Washington, DC.
Phil's secular job is as the Branch Manager and Financial Advisor for Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. in Smithfield, NC. Phil has the Series 7, 63, 24, & 53 securities licenses and manages over 100 million dollars for 800 plus clients. He is a veteran of the conflict in Southeast Asia and was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters for service with the US Air Force while flying 93 combat missions.
Phil was ordained Deacon by ECUSA in June 1994 and was incardinated into the Free Episcopal Church in January 2003 by Convening Bishop Rob Angus Jones. He was ordained priest in the FEC on December 4th, 2004 by Bishop Sherrie Albrecht .
The primary focus of Phil's ministry is sharing the love of Christ with men and women who find themselves on the very edge of our society. Phil believes that the church is not a place but a people. He believes that the church, i.e. God's people, are called to follow Jesus, not just to worship Him, and that the role of the church is first to forgive, then to heal, and finally to give care and strength to the lonely, lowly, and powerless. His goal when preaching is to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and thereby challenge the listener or reader to follow in the servant footsteps of Jesus.
Prisons and jails are another important part of Phil's ministry. He has served as a spiritual director on numerous KAIROS weekends at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC and conducted Christmas and Easter services at the local county jail.
Phil and his wife Susan live with their son Marshall in Raleigh, NC. Phil has two grown sons and three grandchildren who live in Wilson, NC.
On 2 April 2005, The Rev. Vicar Philip R. Taylor was appointed Canon to the Ordinary for the Free Episcopal Church.
About the Day By Day Chaplaincy
Day By Day Treatment Center is an adopted ministry of The Rev. Philip R. Taylor. Day By Day is a private non-profit drug/alcohol treatment center located in Selma, NC. They operate a 28 day in-residence program, a day care center for the children of treatment center patients, and an outpatient recovery program. Vicar Phil Taylor is the volunteer Chaplain for Day By Day. He is responsible for ensuring Sunday morning worship is available to all patients and their children. He also provides opportunities for treatment center patients to receive private, individual spiritual counseling. Four other volunteers from four different denominations assist Phil in fulfilling the spiritual needs of Day By Day Treatment Center patients. For more information on this or other opportunities for service to those in recovery, contact Phil by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.