Dr. Taylor is speaking on April 4-5, 2018 for The Fred B. Craddock Lectures on Preaching.
Dr. Jerry Taylor was born in Covington, Tennessee and raised in the small rural town of Millington, eight miles north of Memphis. He has been in Churches of Christ since the age of 12. He received the desire to preach when he was 11 years and old and presented his first public sermon at age 14. He has served as the minister of several local churches in Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. He and his family moved to Abilene from Atlanta, where they had been involved in doing work among the poor that lived in the Bankhead area of inner city Atlanta. They were able to see the intense brokenness that existed in that community. They went to Abilene as a result of being recruited by the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies. They consented to coming with the desire to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and to build a bridge across the great divide that exists between the white and black Churches of Christ. It has and continues to be a rewarding ministry in the area of teaching at Abilene Christian University because it affords Dr. Taylor the opportunity to get a bird's eye view of both worlds, black and white.
Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Profess of Bible at Abilene Christian University in Texas. He is currently leading the initiative known as the Racial Unity Leadership Summit. He is the author of "Courageous Compassion: A Prophetic Homiletic in Service to the Church" which is a collection of sermons and reflections. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the NAACP in 1996. He also organizes the annual New Wineskins Ministers Retreat.
Dr. Taylor earned the degrees of Bachelor in Bible from Southwest Christian College, Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University, and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University.
He has been married to Patricia for twenty-three years, and they have two children, Alisha and Jeremiah.