Meet Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Donna Taylor

Casual-Donna-and-David-2pastordonna@spiritandlifechurch.org ‭
(703) 347-2947‬ cellphone

Rev. Dr. Donna (née McCray) Taylor is the oldest daughter with one brother and two sisters born to Vivian and the Late Sylvester David McCray of New York City.

In 1987, Rev. Dr. Taylor joined Third Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia where she served as a Teen Bible Study and VBS teacher under Pastor Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Brown. In 1999, she became a charter member of First Agape Baptist Community of Faith in Alexandria, Virginia under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Brown. Rev. Taylor has served at First Agape as a Deaconess; Church Clerk; Youth Ministry Leader; a member of Agape Combined Choir; the Health Ministry; Civic and Social Action Leader; Financial Literacy Educator; Youth and Adult Church School Teacher; and as a Church School Superintendent.

In 2010, Rev. Dr. Taylor announced her “calling to ministry.” On October 13, 2013 she preached her initial sermon, and the church, by unanimous vote, approved her “license to preach the Gospel” and to exercise her gifts in her new role as an Associate Minister at First Agape Baptist Community of Faith.

In May 2015, Rev. Dr. Taylor graduated from Virginia University of Lynchburg with a Doctor of Ministry. The title of her dissertation: “Examining the knowledge of congregants to adopt stewardship and debt management principles to formulate a financial empowerment ministry.” Rev. Taylor has also written several articles on Financial Literacy in Christian Unity Magazine and recently completed her first book on Financial Literacy in the African American Church. She teaches financial literacy education workshops and has a blog at www.revdrdonnataylor.com

In April 2017, Rev. Dr. Taylor trained as a chaplain and completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Goodwin House, a retirement community offering assisted living and nursing home services in Falls Church and Alexandria, VA where she conducted worship services to include persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

At the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., Rev. Dr. Taylor served with distinction for 30 years. She began her career as a staff respiratory therapist, and later became an Assistant Chief of Respiratory Care, and finally Senior Coordinator of the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Undersecretary of Health Dr. David Shulkin, M.D.

Since 1998, Rev. Dr. Taylor has been married to David Taylor, an Associate Dean at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Rev. Dr. Taylor and David have traveled to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago with the Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad, Inc. to provide CPR training and other outreach health services.

The Taylor’s are especially proud of the accomplishments of their daughter, Whitney, a Paralegal Professional, and their son, Warren, who is an active duty Petty Officer 1st Class in the U.S. Navy and is married (Danielle) with three children Sanaa, Garfield (LG) and Skylar. Rev. Taylor enjoys reading historical biographies, swimming, family outings and both domestic and international travel.

In 2020, Rev. Dr. Taylor was accepted into the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC), and was appointed to serve her first pastorate at Spirit and Life UMC in Montclair, Virginia.