About

David Taylor was a pastor at Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas, where over the course of twelve years he supervised an arts ministry and the adult education program in addition to serving on the preaching team. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he studied at the University of Texas (Plan II and International Relations), Georgetown University, the University of W├╝rzburg and Regent College in Canada, where he received degrees in theology (MCS) and biblical studies (ThM).

In 2010 he edited the book For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books), which includes contributions from Eugene Peterson, Andy Crouch, Lauren Winner, Jeremy Begbie, Barbara Nicolosi, John Witvliet and Joshua Banner. He has written articles for Books & Culture, CIVA Seen, Christianity Today, Q, Comment magazine, The Living Church and The Christian Vision Project.

His artistic interests include playwriting, modern dance and film. He and his wife Phaedra currently live in Durham, NC, where he pursues doctoral studies in theology and the arts at Duke Divinity School (under Jeremy Begbie and Lester Ruth's supervision), while she pursues the vocation of gardener, cook and visual artist.

12 comments:

Joseph Tenney said...

Hi there! I obviously don't have your email :) but had a question for you. I'm not even sure this will get to you! So I'm an arts pastor up here in Chicago. Actually did my masters work in theology at Duke Div graduating back in 04. So as an arts pastor, I have the privilege of having many many conversations around art and theology with various people in our congregation. One question that surfaces is one related to "paying" an artist for a particular job. Say, it's painting a mural for Global Missions...I often hear, "why do we always have to assume we must pay an artist for their work for the Church? Why can't their contribution be that of a teacher or any other volunteer? Why must money be involved?" Now, I DON'T believe money MUST be involved nor do I believe artists cannot volunteer gifts and resources to better the Church. We all should. But how would you respond to the thread that lies behind that question? This staunchness towards money & arts?? I hope that makes sense...Any good reads out there on this subject?

w. david o. taylor said...

Joseph, I've just "friended" you on FB so I can answer your question properly.

Batiansila News Service said...

Hello! I've just completed episode 3 of a web series that looks at the day-to-day life of a pastor. (in other words, a CHRISTIAN created something) and thought you'd like it. In fact, i really think you'll like it. Do I put the link in this comments thing?

w. david o. taylor said...

BNS: I'm not sure this is the best blog to promote your web series, but feel free to put a link in the comments section for now. Thanks.

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Tarah VDW said...

Hello- I'm pretty thrilled to have discovered your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life in art and faith. God's peace.

w. david o. taylor said...

Tarah, thanks for saying hello. Very kind of you. God's blessings for the new year.

Kenneth Green said...

David,

enjoyed your blog. Also appreciated your presentation at Preaching in a Visual Age at Ecclesia through Fuller last November. I don't have a facebook account, but could you shoot me an email for a question off-line? seaktb@gmail.com
thanks, Ken Green

Wayne said...

David, do you have a copy of "God and Guitars" by Michael J. Gilmour? If not, I can send you one as I have not been able to get into this volume.

w. david o. taylor said...

Wayne: I don't have that book but would happy to have it. You can send it, if you wish, to this address:

3536 Rose of Sharon Rd
Durham, NC 27712-3334

Thanks!

David

Joseph Tenney said...

Hey David, got a question I'd like to ask you. Any chance u got an email for just this sort of thing? :-)

w. david o. taylor said...

Joseph: apologies for the delay. Feel free to write me at david D0T taylor AT duke DOT edu.