Teaching Elder (Pastor) Nominee: Rev. Taeler Morgan
I am honored to be nominated as a GA commissioner for Olympia Presbytery and happy to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a native of Southern California who came to faith in Jesus as a teenager from a non-religious background. I graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a degree in Literature and Writing and did my MDiv at Bethel Seminary, San Diego. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Tim, for 14 years and am mother to my delightful almost-2-year-old daughter, Eliana (you may have seen her picture once or twice if we are Facebook friends or if I’ve had my cell phone in your general proximity).
I have been a part of Olympia Presbytery for five years, serving as Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at University Place Presbyterian Church during that time. I’ve served the Presbytery as a member of COM for 3 years, a member of the Executive Presbyter Search Committee, a representative to the BOP Western Regional Benefits Consultation of 2015 and recently as part a team helping to plan worship for our Presbytery meetings.
I’ve just returned from a trip to China and Taiwan where I was able to spend the better part of a week with our PCUSA Moderator, Heath Rada, while visiting one of our mission co-workers. It was a great opportunity to talk directly with him about his recent Call the to Church, what that means for the upcoming GA, what our mission work is looking like in light of recent challenges (an area of particular interest to me), and what possibilities the future may hold. I came away encouraged but also with many more questions. I hope that, if elected, I can be helpful to our presbytery and churches by serving well with our larger denomination and would appreciate your prayers for me as I strive to do so.