Dr. Taylor is speaking on April 4-5, 2018 for The Fred B. Craddock Lectures on Preaching.
Dr. Jerry Andrew Taylor is associate professor of Bible, missions and ministry at Abilene Christian University. In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. In 1988 Dr. Taylor received a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He went on to complete the Doctor of Ministry degree at Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University May of 1995.
Dr. Taylor has served as the minister of churches of Christ in Sulphur Springs, Texas; Port Arthur, Texas; and Greensboro, North Carolina. He also served as the Associate Preaching Minister for several years at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. Prior to moving to Abilene, Dr. Taylor ministered in the Bankhead area of inner-city Atlanta. He currently serves as an associate professor of Bible, missions, and ministry in addition to serving as the director of the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action at Abilene Christian University.
Dr. Taylor travels extensively speaking on college campuses and at national conferences, and is a popular lecturer at retreats and at gospel and revival meetings. He is the author of the book Courageous Compassion and one of the principal founders of the New Wineskins Retreat. He also organized a multiracial fellowship of young ministers known as the School of the Prophets. He also organized a multi-racial fellowship of young ministers known as the School of the Prophets, and began the National Freedom in Christ Conference, the Young Scholars Retreat, and most recently the Racial Unity Leadership Summit/Spiritual Retreat.
He is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor, formerly of Houston, Texas. They have been married for 26 years and have two children, Alisha (23) and Jeremiah (19). The Taylor family lives in Abilene, Texas and they attend the North 10th & Treadaway Church of Christ where Dr. Taylor currently serves as the minister.