Richard H. Taylor is the former Chair of the Historical Council of the United Church of Christ (2002-2009). He served as Vice President of the Congregational Christian Historical Society from 1981 until its union with the American Congregational Association (ACA; Congregational Library) in 2008. He was the President of the Association of Statisticians of American Relgious Bodies from 1998-2001. He has totaled many years of service to each of these institutions.
He has been Chair of the Historical Commission of the Town of Hinsdale, Massachusetts, a member of the Board of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, and has been a consultant to the Board of Directors of the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society.
His articles, essays, and research have appeared in many journals and papers, as well as in publications of Pilgrim Press, Glenmary Press, and others.
An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he has served pastorates in Rhode Island, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.