The Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards will be the guest speaker at the 2010 Annual Conference, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has announced.
Burton-Edwards serves as Director of Worship Resources for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.
The 2010 Annual Conference theme is Passionate Worship: Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise.
An elder in the North Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Burton-Edwards was Director of Community Impact with United Way of Madison County (Anderson, Ind.) 2002-2005; associate pastor of First United Methodist Church (Anderson, Ind.) 1998-2002; and pastor of Tyner UMC (1995-1998), Wawaka UMC (1994-1995) and Waldron Baptist Church (American Baptist, 1991-1993). He served as Chair of the North Indiana Conference Board of Discipleship (1997-2001). He has also taught at Anderson University (Peace Studies) and Ivy Tech State College (Gerontology).
His academic work has focused heavily on history (BA, Kenyon College 1985), historical theology/liturgy (M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1990), and the intersection of peacemaking and liturgical studies (MA in Peace Studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1997). He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (2009), the Consultation on Common Texts (2005), and Prior for the CyberChapter of the Order of Saint Luke (1996).
He is married to The Rev. Dr. Grace Burton-Edwards, an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Indianapolis, Associate Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, and Chaplain at it companion ministry, St. Richard's School. Their two teenage sons are Jacob and Will.