Corban Adjunct Bible Professor and Library Circulation Manager Gary Taylor earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Studies from Western Seminary on April 3 after successfully defending his dissertation. He will formally be awarded his degree on April 30 at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Ore.
His dissertation ‘”The Role of Spiritual Disciplines in the Development and Act of Leadership,” defined eight core spiritual disciplines and eight effective leadership marks found throughout the Bible.
“It’s an area that has interested me all my life,” he said. “I’ve always known that men who lead have to have vision and I always knew that vision came from studying the Word of God. Other than a few verses I didn’t have any data to back this up. Once I asked the question I sought the answers and found some great resources.”
Taylor spent two years working toward his doctoral degree, including six months on his dissertation. He also has a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies and a Bachelor of Art in Bible. Along with his work at Corban, he is pastor of Calvary Community Church in Albany and has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to ministry.