Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Robert Jemonde Taylor
The Reverend Jemonde Taylor is the eleventh rector at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh. Father Taylor grew up in Saint Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Louisburg, NC. Father Taylor holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics and vehicle design from Stanford University. Jemonde worked as an automotive performance and design engineer for Michelin Tire Company in Greenville, SC for three years before entering seminary.
Jemonde earned his M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City in 2009. That same year, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood. Prior to arriving at Saint Ambrose, Father Taylor served as a priest at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX as a part of the Lily Foundation Fellowship. In addition to his responsibilities at Saint Michael, Jemonde’s ministry encompassed Jubilee Park and Saint Philip’s School.
Father Taylor is active in the diocese and larger Church by serving on the Discipline Board, Diocesan Council, co-chair for the Nominating Committee to elect the XII Bishop Diocesan, consultant and advisor for the Office of Black Ministries, a contributor to Sermons that Work, and board member for the Gathering of Leaders. Jemonde is also part of a five-person research team that received a collaborative inquiry grant from the Louisville Institute to investigate Race, Church and Theological Practices.
Jemonde is married to Kierson Leigh Taylor and enjoys studying the spirituality and history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.