Over the past 17 years, Rev. Nancy S. Taylor has blessed us with her unequivocally bold leadership as our 20th Senior Minister. While she will be impossible to replace, Old South has learned a thing or two about pastoral transition over its 350-plus years. Change is uncomfortable but inevitable. It is also exciting, a time to fully consider how we can best remain not only relevant but central to a changing Boston. With God’s help—and with the support of each other—Old South will persevere through Nancy’s departure, grow as a Congregation, and become readier than ever to carry on God’s work for the next 350 years.
The following members have agreed to define what the bridge between Nancy’s leadership and a new leadership will look like, serving as the INTERIM Team:
Christine Del Favero
A CELEBRATION Team will also begin planning the best way to commemorate Nancy’s tenure and her eventual departure:
Marilyn Jackson Adams
Rev. June Cooper
With input from the congregation the TRANSITION Team will draft Old South Church's Local Church Profile, outlining what the church is looking for in its next senior minister. The Church Council approved the following to serve on the TRANSITION Team.
Anne Dickenson Meltz Dearing (Convener)
John Braught (staff liaison)
Helen McCrady (staff liaison)
At its April 2022 meeting, the Church Council approved the Leadership Committee’s slate to serve on the Senior Minister Search Committee, as follows:
Maren Batalden, Convener
June R. Cooper, Chaplain
Phil Stern, Moderator
Deb Washington, past Moderator
Please note that this timeline is aspirational, not exact.