In February of this year, Dream of Destiny held our first “Race & Restoration Summit” in Joplin, Missouri. This summit was designed to provide a safe place for engaging issues that contribute to the persistent racial tensions in our country.
This fall, on November 14-15, 2016, our next summit will be held in the Chicago area. You can register HERE to attend.
One of the speakers last February, and coming again in November, is Dr. Jerry Taylor, professor at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Taylor’s own efforts with the “Racial Unity Leadership Summits” inspired Dream of Destiny’s summits.
To help cast the vision for the importance of these summits, Dr. Taylor shared the history and philosophy behind them when he shared as the keynote speaker at Dream of Destiny’s annual breakfast during the 2016 North American Christian Convention in Anaheim, California. Watch the video of his presentation below, and again, be sure to register for the next summit HERE.
About Jerry Taylor
Dr. Taylor has been influential in spearheading and organizing summits all over the country that are designed to promote education and conversations on issues of race with an end goal of greater genuine unity in the Body of Christ. Dr. Taylor will share about the birth and development of these summits while challenging us all to take intentional steps toward genuine unity across ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic lines.
He is the author of “Courageous Compassion: A Prophetic Homiletic in Service to the Church,” a collection of his sermons published alongside reflections from other scholars and denominational leaders.
Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Southwestern Christian College in 1984. He obtained his master of divinity (1988) and his doctor of ministry degree (1995) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He was also given the Outstanding Leadership Award at the NAACP convention in 1996. He is one of the organizers of the annual New Wineskins Ministers Retreat.
Before accepting his professorship at Abilene Christian University, Dr. Taylor preached at a number of churches and had a ministry working with the poor in Atlanta. While there, he also formed an inner-city ministry team with local college students. In addition to the teaching and writing at Abilene, Dr. Taylor takes an active role in mentoring students and is known for helping his students deepen their spiritual discernment during a four day silent retreat that he facilitates at the Labh Shomea House of Prayer near Sarita, Texas. Dr. Taylor also serves as the Director of the National Freedom in Christ Conference. He and his wife Patricia have been married 22 years and have two children: Alisha and Jeremiah.