Uniting College for Leadership & Theology
Senior Lecturer, Finders University
B. Hort. (Lincoln), B. Theol (Auckland), M. Theol (Auckland), PhD (Otago)
Tel: 08 8416 8435
Hi. My name is Steve Taylor. I am married to Lynne and together we enjoy two daughters, Shannon and Kayli Anne. To relax I enjoy dub music, coffee, reading and wine (Kiwi whites and Australian reds).
My initial work was in the orchards of Central Otago. From a background in horticulture, I became fascinated by growing people and healthy communities as well as plants.
I trained for church ministry at Carey Baptist College with a mission focus.
I have had 14 years of congregational experience. This included planting a church (Graceway Baptist) between 1994 and 2003. Then in 2004 I became Senior Pastor at Opawa Baptist with a call to help them transition into a new mission future. I loved the chance to lead and serve people in a shared journey of mission.
In 2010 as a family we felt God calling us to a significant new adventure. This involved “crossing the ditch” to serve at the Uniting College for Leadership & Theology. My sense of call was to partner with God in the call to equip and train leaders in mission. Central to this is what is means to follow Christ in our world today.
Around my pastoral ministry I mixed post-graduate study, first a Masters exploring images of Christ in contemporary culture. This was followed by a PhD investigating new forms of church.
I was the inaugural Director of Missiology and then in July 2012, became the Principal of Uniting College. I am privileged to lead a high quality team who are committed to developing effective leadership for healthy, missional communities.
Since 2002, I have been blogging regularly, placing thoughts and conversation starters on the internet. So if you want to know more about me, or what I’m thinking today, check out www.emergentkiwi.org.nz.
Click here for a list of some of my publications