St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church is pleased to introduce our new Rector!
The Rev. Beverly A. Moore-Tasy was born and raised in Utica, NY. She was educated in the Utica Public Schools and received her BA in Math from Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. For 5 years she taught Math in junior and senior high school (with dance and gymnastics as extracurricular activities) for the Baltimore City Public Schools. She earned her Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and was ordained to the diaconate. Rev. Tasy was named assistant director of Cornell United Religious Work, the chaplain organization at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. While there she was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Kelley Whitaker of the Diocese of Central NY. Since then, she has served parishes in Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, and New Mexico and was director of campus ministry for the Diocese of Western NY and chaplain at SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, and Niagara University. She is married and has one son.
Those are the facts, but there is much more to Rev. Tasy. She has served all age groups with her strong pastoral and preaching experience. She has set up a new parish, revitalized an aging parish and doubled the attendance at Sunday worship in her current parish.
Her passion for evangelism has had many avenues of expression. She reached out to college students and staff through chaplaincy programs at Cornell and later three colleges in western NY. She organized multiple types of outreach activities, established the African-American Worship Service in the early 1990’s, mediated campus racial-issue discussions and advised Gospel Choirs.
She is also adept at administration, but her focus is ministry. In recent conversations with the Wardens, she said her priority is getting people back in the habit of coming to church. She feels that when the people of God are together, great things can happen. And she is looking forward to seeing what we can do together. She begins as our Rector on September 1st.