The Center exists to conduct research on the historical and contemporary role of race and racism in the church and its Christian institutions, while heavily emphasizing spiritual formation by utilizing prayer, solitude, biblical meditation, and silence as methods to address racism that is often “spiritualized” in the hearts of Christians. Ultimately, the goal is to spark a rediscovery of a robust Christian spirituality that enables all Christ-followers to see human beings through the eyes of the divine creator. The Center is named in honor of the late Dr. Carl Spain, a former professor at Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University), in honor of his courage to speak publicly during the 1960s against the school’s then active whites-only policy. Founded by Dr. Jerry Taylor, the Center is a continuation of his work to foster racial unity within Churches of Christ and their affiliate institutions. Dr. Taylor has conducted numerous national and local events that brought Black and white Christians together to equip them to work toward racial unity. Through the work of the Spain Center, lines of communication, previously non-existent, are being initiated between black and white church leaders across the nation and multiracial, localized alliances that include area ministers are beginning to form and address racial unity issues in such places as Dallas and Abilene, Texas.

Dr. Jerry Taylor


Dr. Jerry Andrew Taylor, Founding Director of the Carl Spain Center, is Associate Professor of Bible, Missions and Ministry at Abilene Christian University.

In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. In 1988 Dr. Taylor received a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and went on to complete his doctorate in ministry at Perkins School of Theology in 1995.


Our primary goal of The Carl Spain Center’s events is to promote racial unity and harmony through spiritual action. As believers in Christ our motivating factor is our hope in Christ that leads us to live for the praise of His glory.

Our focus at The Center’s events is to enhance individuals and develop leadership that will successfully share the Center’s message and impact our communities through the exercise of spiritual disciplines.


It is the mission of the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action to conduct research on the historic and contemporary role of race and racism in the church and its institutions. Our vision is that the centers emphasis on spiritual formation that utilizes prayer, solitude, biblical meditation, and silence will help address the racism that is often “spiritualized” in the hearts of Christians. Please consider partnering with us as we address the historic and contemporary role of racism in the church, its institutions, and the hearts of individual Christians!


And they sang a new song, saying…

“You are worthy
to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood
you purchased for God
persons from every tribe
and language
and people
and nation.

You have made them
to be a kingdom
and priests
to serve our God,

and they will reign
on the earth.”

Revelation 5:9-10

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