Derek TaylorInterim Director, Emmaus Scholars Program; Visiting Instructor, Ministry Studies
Derek joined Hope College in 2016. He is currently writing his dissertation at Duke University, focusing on theological hermeneutics, ecclesiology and the thought of 20th-century German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is especially interested in the ways recent hermeneutical theory might help the church read the Bible wisely.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Derek specializes in modern Protestant thought, the theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth, and theological hermeneutics. He is also interested in non-Western and non-mainstream theologies, particularly as they inform U.S. Christians seeking to live faithfully in an ever-evolving post-Christian context.
- Th.D., theology, Duke University, anticipated 2017
- M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2012
- B.A., theology and economics, Whitworth University, 2008
HONORS, GRANTS, AWARDS, & PUBLISHED WORK
- “The Spirit’s Transforming Presence: Bonhoeffer and Hauerwas on the task of the church,” in The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2016
- “Crux Probat Omnia: Rowan Williams’ scriptural hermeneutic,” Scottish Journal of Theology, vol. 69, 2016
- “New Directions in Barthian Ethics,” Theology, vol. 118, 2015
Why I love Hope
Derek appreciates Hope’s high academic standards, intentional commitment to diversity and vibrant Christian community. He especially values the willingness of Hope faculty to form innovative leaders for a global context and to foster values that reflect God’s coming kingdom — goals that Derek seeks to realize within the Emmaus Scholars Program. One of his greatest joys is to walk alongside students as they discern God’s calling on their life and seek to pursue God’s justice in society.
Outside the College
You can find Derek wasting way too much time watching Chicago Cubs baseball and Duke basketball. You may also find him running along the Lake Michigan dunes with his dog, in the kitchen trying to create something fun to eat, at LJ’s sipping iced coffee or at home reading books to his young son. When he’s not doing these things, he’s probably at Dimnent Chapel listening to his wife, Lauren Taylor, chaplain of discipleship at Hope College.