Dr. Jerry Taylor serves as an Associate Professor of Bible at Abilene Christian University in Texas. 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, 18, and Jeremiah, 14.