Rev. Christine Leigh-Taylor
I am delighted to call Our Saviour my new church home! My husband, David Weber, and I have been living in the area for almost nine years, but I was commuting to Rancho Cordova to serve as the rector of St. Clement’s. I retired from that position at the end of August. However, I am not retired, nor particularly “retiring” – I am eager to keep busy in ministry.
Ministry with veterans, especially those who have been psychologically injured as a result of their military service, is one of my keen interests. I am chair of a veteran-led non-profit – Four Paws To Freedom – that trains veterans with their service dogs. A well-trained service dog can mean the diﬀerence between being too fearful to leave one’s home and the ability to lead a fairly normal life.
Prior to priesthood in 2002, I enjoyed a fulfilling 26-year career as an academic administrator with various campuses of the University of California. My last position, before I took early retirement
to attend seminary, was as Assistant Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
David and I are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our first marriage (we’ve had two) at the end of November, and we feel very blessed to have managed a second try at this most challenging, and
rewarding, commitment. We have three living children, Alexa, Peter, and Erec, all married, with two sons apiece! These grandboys range from 2 to 14. Our first child, Nicky, was born with a malformed heart, and died before his first birthday.
UCLA is my undergraduate alma mater. I also have a masters degree in organizational behavior
(it’s like psychology), and a master of divinity from CDSP, our Episcopal seminary in Berkeley. I
am in the final stages (I hope) of completing a doctor of ministry degree from CDSP, and my
focus, not surprisingly, is veteran ministry. Rev. Debra has proposed that we might develop that
interest into a Jubilee Center at Our Saviour. I’m already working on that idea.
Finally, I’m a native Californian, pretty much a green freak (we live in a straw bale house with a plant roof and solar panels, and I’ve been driving a Prius for 14 years), and I love building things. I’m eager to learn more about each of you.