Reverend E. Taylor Doctor is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and relocated to Richmond in 2003. He completed undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Spanish. He completed graduate work at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia toward the Masters of Divinity and is currently completing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Leadership at Capella University.
An ordained clergyman Rev. E. Taylor Doctor is a well sought after preacher and presenter that is keenly spirit led and non-traditional. He has been published several times by the journal Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A and contributed to At The Table: Words of Faith, Affirmation and Inspiration for LGBT Believers of Color.
Currently he serves as Board Member and Executive Committee Secretary at Diversity Richmond and is a founding member of Us Giving RVA Connection (UGRC). He is a proud member of the Nu Phi Zeta Fraternity, Inc. and serves his fraternity as the High Chief Magistrate. Rev Doctor is employed at the National Alliance of State and Territory AIDS Directors (NASTAD) in Washington, D.C.
As a openly-gay Black male and minister, he has been known for his confidence in being a trailblazer and using his agency to be a conduit for advocacy for the marginalized, creating culturally competent communities. His professional and personal platforms have allowed him to work daily in a field that reaches the masses through public health policy and administration in Richmond and beyond. He resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues.