Meredith Taylor

MeredithLloydI was raised in a Christian family and attended a non-denominational church in DC (yes, I’m a native Washingtonian). At 13, I consciously chose to be a Christian at a Methodist camp in Maryland, Camp Pecometh. It is a special place to me; I worked there summers in high school and college, and I serve on its Board today. It is where I go to reconnect with God when I’m feeling lost or confused. More frequently, I pray while I’m out running: for strength to finish, for hopes and dreams; in praise of God’s beautiful creation; I run and I listen to what He’s saying into my life.

As an adult, I’ve attended churches of all different denominations and sizes. I came to Restoration in 2011, and was drawn in by its authenticity. We repeatedly cast off our carefully crafted public personas, and admit our faults, doubts and struggles to each other. We do it not only in the confines of friendly small groups, but from the pulpit and in larger gatherings. This makes Restoration unique. I hope that as we grow in size, we don’t lose our authenticity. In that regard, I’m trying to be a good role model. On Facebook, you’ll see a single, well-travelled 30-something who posts a lot about weekend adventures and her klutziness. What I often share in small groups is that I am divorced, abandoned, and still somewhat ashamed of it. Slowly, I have seen that by sharing my past with others in our small groups, and accepting God’s grace, my past will not define my future.

I’m a CPA and an Executive Director at EY (one of the “Big 4”), with 15 years of experience auditing multi-national companies. I’m the chair of the finance committee for Camp Pecometh. I’ve been on the finance committee at Restoration since 2012. Mac (the former treasurer) can tell you that I ask too many questions about how we spend our money, and whether we are using it in a way that will bring the most glory to God. I participated in Hannah and Jed’s small group last year on the book “When helping hurts.” From reading that book, hearing stories from my sister who lives in Haiti and going to West Virginia for the last three years, I have begun to ask questions about our how we give our time and talents, and why our outreach budget is only 10%.

I’m direct; I’m not afraid to challenge the status quo or debate the issues that our church and culture are facing. That said, I’m generous, hospitable, welcoming, committed and dedicated.

And lest you think I’m a boring accountant… a few fun facts to close: I’m a collegiate rower, a Wahoo, a diehard Redskins fan, a candy corn addict, a horrible singer who is unafraid to sing goofy camp songs with kids, and a major klutz, but one that can still do back flips!

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