the carl spain center
Experience a renewed “inward orientation.”
Dr. Jerry Andrew Taylor
Founding Director of the Carl Spain Center
Dr. Taylor is the 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. Prior to moving to Abilene Dr. Taylor and his family served in the Bankhead area of the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia. On top of serving as the Director of the Carl Spain Center, Dr. Taylor travels extensively speaking on college campuses, conferences, and retreats. He is the author of “Courageous Compassion. He has began many initiatives such as the New Wineskins Retreat, the National Freedom in Christ Conference, the Young Scholars Retreat, and most recently the Racial Unity Leadership Summit (RULS) and RULS Spiritual Retreat. He is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor formerly of Houston, Texas. They have been married for 26 years and have two children, Alisha (25) and Jeremiah (19). The Taylor family lives in Abilene, Texas.
I am originally from Dallas, TX. I graduated from ACU in May 2021 with a degree in Information Systems. The Carl Spain Center allows me to do what I feel God has called me to do, serve. During my time here I have been able to participate in projects that have educated and bettered not only the community of Abilene but communities around the United States. Doing this type of work brings true joy to my heart.
Having grown up in the Mississippi Delta in the 60’s and 70’s, Dr. King’s declaration of Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock as “the most segregated hour in America” resonates with me. I began my journey toward racial reconciliation among Churches of Christ when I served as the coordinator for the 2011 and 2013 National Freedom in Christ Conferences, both convened by Dr. Jerry Taylor, who subsequently founded the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action. I am a front row witness to the value of the Spain Center’s work as I have seen how God uses it to transform lives and create new possibilities for racial unity. It is truly an honor to serve as the Spain Center’s funding consultant and to assist with resourcing the organization’s vision.
Tryce Prince lives in Chicago with his wife Erin and their daughter Nanyori. He is a member of Progressive Baptist Church, a Sociologist-in-training at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is currently working on a multi-year dissertation project researching the Black experience in predominantly White Christian spaces. In addition to race and religion, his research interests include the sociology of morality and the study of social movements related to White nationalism.