The Rector

The Reverend Canon Nicholas Taylor
MA  MTh  PhD

Nicholas Taylor has been Rector of St Aidan's since 2009. He has brought to the post varied experience in ministry in different parts of the world. He is committed to the principle of every member ministry, to discerning gifts in others and enabling and encouraging them to use these gifts in the life of the Church, and in the witness and service the Church offers in and to the world.

Among Nicholas's previous posts was that of Rector of St Augustine's Mission, Penhalonga, in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. The mission church was built by the Community of the Resurrection, commonly known as the Mirfield Fathers, and was for decades the centre of Anglican missionary work in what is now Zimbabwe. During school terms the church was regularly packed with a thousand students, staff, and members of the local community. There were two other churches, and another congregation without a building, two primary and one secondary
school, a vocational
training centre, an orphanage, and a clinic with a home-based care programme for patients with HIV-Aids. The Convent of Chita cheZita Rinoyera (Community of the Holy Name) and the Friary of the Community of the Divine Compassion (Franciscan) were based on the Mission, with sisters and brothers actively involved in its ministry, alongside the clergy and the staff of the various institutions.
Right: St Augustine's, Penhalonga - Sally Jean Rush
 Below: Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Mutare, Zimbabwe
After leaving Zimbabwe, Nicholas served as Interim Rector of two parishes, St Hilda's and St Mary's, in Pretoria, South Africa. He has also been Chaplain to St Michael's School, Manzini, in Swaziland, as well as to St Augustine's School, Penhalonga; two Anglican institutions which have pioneered education in Africa, nurturing Christian leadership in all aspects of life in the societies they serve. Nicholas also served as Chaplain to the University of Swaziland.

TISECAs well as his pastoral experience, Nicholas Taylor has wide experience in theological education and ministerial formation. He was four four years a Tutor for the former Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church (TISEC), now the Scottish Episcopal Institute. He was New Testament subject co-ordinator, co-ordinator of formation programmes for lay reader candidates and ordinands, and convener of the Glasgow & Galloway diocesan seminar.

Nicholas was previously Director of Theological Education in the Diocese of Manicaland, where
he developed modalities for discerning vocations, and designed and implemented a variety of ministerial formation and continuing ministerial education programmes. He was appointed Canon Theologian of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Mutare, in 1999. Nicholas has taught also in the University of Swaziland, Africa University in Zimbabwe, the University of Pretoria, Ripon College
Oxford, and King's College, London. He has three times been Scholar in Residence at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute near Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He has also served as Chaplain to St Deiniol's Library at Hawarden in Wales.

Nicholas is a member of the Doctrine and Liturgy Committees of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal.

Nicholas Taylor's principal area of research is the New Testament and Christian origins. He is a member of
Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Society for New Testament Studies) and the European Association of Biblical Studies. He is the author of Paul, 
Antioch and Jerusalem, recently re-issued, as
well as of several articles in academic journals and chapters in 
books. He has also edited a number of collections of essays, as Guest Editor of learned periodicals.

Nicholas has also written articles in the areas of Anglican theology and ministry, Biblical interpretation, and liturgy, and another book, Lay Presidency at the Eucharist? An Anglican Approach, was published by T & T Clark in 2009He is a member of the Society for Liturgical Study.

Nicholas Taylor's latest book, Paul on Baptism: Theology, Mission and Ministry in Context, was published by SCM-Canterbury Press in 2016, and in North America by Wipf & Stock in 2017.

A full list of Nicholas Taylor's publications can be found here. Most of the articles in periodicals and chapters in books can be found in .pdf format here.

Nicholas is Chairperson of the Scottish Palestinian Forum, an organisation historically rooted in the faith communities which now serves as an umbrella organ for several organisations concerned with issues of justice and peace in Israel-Palestine. Before becoming Chairperson, he was Chairperson and Treasurer of the West of Scotland Committee, and then Vice Chairperson
of the Executive Committee. He is an honorary citizen of Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is also a member of Amnesty International UK and of the Scottish Refugee Council.

Nicholas is not a "blogging parson", but some published and unpublished contributions to the discussion of issues of importance in the Church and in the wider society may be posted here from time to time.