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Fuller to Launch Initiative of Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts in Texas

El campus de Texas del Seminario Fuller anuncia nuevo Profesor Asociado de Teología y Cultura

David-Taylor

Fuller Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of David Taylor to serve at its campus in Houston as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture. Dr. Taylor will also serve as the Director of Brehm Texas, a new initiative of Fuller's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. His service begins July 1.

"David Taylor's appointment fulfills a vision I've had since the Houston campus was developed to launch a worship, theology, and the arts initiative in the culturally rich environment of Houston," said J. Frederick Davison, executive director of the Brehm Center. "David brings a unique set of gifts, scholarship, and experience that will enable Brehm Texas to address the needs of the community and flourish."

An experienced author, pastor, public speaker, and playwright, Taylor is the first Fuller faculty member in Houston to focus on theology and the arts.

"I am so delighted that David Taylor has accepted this new role in Houston," said Howard Loewen, dean of Fuller's School of Theology. "We have a growing awareness of the important contributions that artists bring to the church. We know that David will help link the church and the arts together in ways that will greatly enrich the worship experience."

Fuller Houston was launched in 2006 as Fuller's newest regional campus. Starting with 20 students, the Fuller Seminary location in Houston now offers graduate degrees and certificates in Christian theology and ministry to more than 200 students.

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"I am excited to have this remarkable opportunity to participate in conversation about how the arts can serve worship and how the church can shepherd artists," said Taylor. "My hope is that the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts in Houston would benefit educators and seminary students, critical observers of Christianity and the arts, and all those seeking a common vocabulary to advance discussion of the church's mission in the arts."

"I also hope," Taylor continued, "that we will be able to assist Christians in developing a vision capable of sustaining a long-lasting, fruit-bearing tradition of artmaking for the glory of God in the church and the world."

The son of missionary parents, Taylor was born and raised in Guatemala City and is fluent in Spanish and other languages. Currently completing his doctoral studies in theology and worship at Duke Divinity School, Taylor also studied at Georgetown University, University of Wurzburg, University of Texas at Austin, and Regent College, where he received degrees in theology and biblical studies.

Taylor served at Hope Chapel in Austin for 12 years as pastor of arts ministries and adult education programs. Among many outreach efforts, he has directed summer music, dance, and film festivals; organized art exhibits; and developed theater ministries and film and theology discussions.

Taylor recently edited For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, a collection of essays by Christian leaders and artists. He has also written for Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Living Church, and serves on the board of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts).

Get to know Taylor more at his personal website, http://artspastor.blogspot.com.

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