We are delighted to announce that Oakhurst Presbyterian Church has successfully identified and hired our new interim pastor, Leigh Campbell-Taylor.

Raised outside the church, Leigh and her husband Clark were newlyweds when the Holy Spirit led them to Central Presbyterian in downtown Atlanta. Thrilled by that church’s overt commitment to social justice, inclusive hospitality, and inspiring worship, they joined the choir and were baptized. Leigh admits to being clueless that these were the first steps of the journey that would eventually lead to her ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament!

Throughout her time at Central, which included directing children’s choir, leading liturgical movement, and serving as a ruling elder, Leigh has admired the witness of Oakhurst Presbyterian. She is now honored and excited to participate in the rich transitional time that this unique congregation is entering.

Most recently, Leigh has been Newnan Presbyterian’s Associate Pastor, a call specifically designed to accompany that congregation through the retirement of their 31-year pastor. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia Seminary, Leigh has also been a chaplain for Wesley Woods, an adjunct professor at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, and a writer specializing in museum exhibits. (Feel free to ask her how that relates to being a pastor!)

Leigh and Clark, who is a gifted “renaissance man” teacher at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School, have two sons and live in Virginia Highlands.

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