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. He would identify with a tradition of Anglicanism which is both catholic and progressive, in which tradition is a heritage and not a constraint, and in which Scripture and worship are inseparable from the life and witness of the Church.

Nicholas is a theologian, with a doctorate in New Testament studies, and has published widely in this field, and also on issues relating scholarship to the life, ministry, and worship of the Church. A list of his books and articles can be found here

Nicholas is Convenor of the Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and a member of the Faith and Order Board and of the Doctrine Committee. He is a member of the academic staff of
the Scottish Episcopal Institute, and of the Editorial Board of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal. He represents the clergy of the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway in General Synod, and the clergy of the Glasgow South Region on Diocesan Council.

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, 
a vocational training centre, an orphanage, and a clinic with a home-based care programme for patients with HIV-Aids. Education was central to the work of the Mission, with its three schools. St Augustine's High School has for a century been a pioneer institution, one of the most respected in the country, from which many future leaders in Zimbabwe and other countries have emerged. 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.

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Nicholas was appointed Canon Theologian of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Mutare, in the Diocese of Manicaland, in 1999. As Director of Theological Education in the Diocese, he developed modalities for discerning vocations, and designed and implemented a variety of ministerial formation and continuing ministerial development programmes. 



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, and to the University of Swaziland.

As well as his pastoral experience, Nicholas Taylor has wide experience in theological education and ministerial formation. He has held academic posts in the University of Cape Town, the University of Swaziland, Africa University in Zimbabwe, the University of Pretoria, Ripon College
Cuddesdon,
Oxford, King's College, London, and was honorary Professor in the University of Zululand. 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 was elected in 1998 to
membership of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Society for New Testament Studies), and is also a member of the European Association of Biblical Studies, and of the Society for Liturgical Study.

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. Lay Presidency at the Eucharist? An Anglican Approach, was published by T & T Clark in 2009

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.


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Nicholas Taylor,
25 Feb 2020, 23:04
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