The Reverend Joyce Corbin Cunningham
The Rev. Joyce Corbin Cunningham was born and raised in Newport News, VA. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Hampton Institute (University) in Hampton, VA, she worked for the IBM Corporation for thirty-two years. Upon retiring, she cultivated and/or reengaged her interests in genealogical research, book groups, fitness, needlework, and community outreach. It was also during this time that she consciously began a journey of discernment to recognize, surrender, and answer God's call to ordained ministry.
St. Titus' Episcopal Church in Durham, NC had been her church home since shortly after moving to North Carolina. It was there that her discernment within community took form, eventually resulting in St. Titus' sponsorship of her into the ordination process.
She received her Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2015, was ordained a Transitional Deacon on June 20, 2015 and will be ordained priest on December 20, 2015 at Canterbury School in Greensboro, NC. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Durham is where she has served for the past several months as a Deacon.
Rev. Cunningham has four adult children and six grandchildren, all of whom live in Seattle, Washington. She was recently married to Dennis Allen and her marriage has blessed her with an expansion of her family with an additional four adult children and one granddaughter who live in Panama. She also has two sisters, two nieces, and two nephews who live in Virginia and Maryland.
Rev. Cunningham is excited and enthusiastic about being called to serve as Curate at St. Ambrose and she looks forward to our mutual ministry together.
In 2012, the Reverend Robert Jemonde Taylor began serving as the 11th Rector at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church. A native of Louisburg, NC, Father Jemonde grew up in St. Matthias Episcopal Church. With his degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Father Jemonde excelled as an automotive performance and design engineer for Michelin Tire Company in Greenville, SC. The company named him, Pôle de Compétence, thus making him the youngest and first African American to hold this position, which designated his responsibility for worldwide research in the area of 18-wheeler transfer trucks. Additionally, he also holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics and vehicle design from Stanford University, CA.
He attained his Master of Divinity Degree from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. The community elected him Community Council President, making him the first black male serving as Student Body President. His internship congregation was Grace Episcopal in White Plains, NY, one of the most ethnically diverse congregations in the Diocese of NY. Father Taylor also served as chaplain at the 400-bed Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA. Having made several trips to Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia, his experiences and education provide many opportunities to teach others. He continues to gain knowledge by studying the history, worship, and spirituality of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Prior to arriving at Saint Ambrose, Father Jemonde served as a priest at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX, a 7,200-member congregation. He was a part of the Eli Lilly Foundation grant for the Transition Into Ministry Program. Father Taylor’s ministry in Dallas was in three locations. He was Director of Young Adult Ministries at St. Michael in north Dallas. He served as chaplain to the 62 block area called Jubilee Park, a mostly Spanish speaking neighborhood in southeast Dallas. He was chaplain at St. Philip’s Elementary School, a historically black Episcopal school in south Dallas. His ministry is that of reconciliation and transformation.
Father Jemonde also enjoys practicing an African-Brazilian form of martial arts called Capoeira. He has interests in digital media, design, photography and playing his trumpet.
The Reverend Robert Jemonde Taylor