Due to potential travel issues related to weather, the NOBTS main campus will remain closed Thursday, Jan. 18. New student orientation will begin at 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19 in Leavell Chapel.

Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, Jr

Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, JrProfessor of Urban Missions
Occupying the Chester L. Quarles Chair of Missions

Office: Dodd 100
Office Phone: (504) 816-8015
Fax: (504) 816-8039
E-Mail: ktaylor@nobts.edu


  • B.S., University of North Alabama, 1975
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1978
  • M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1986
  • Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993
  • M.L.I.S., Louisiana State University, 1994

Ministry Experience

  • Pastor, Elysian Fields Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA, 1987-2007 (Associate Pastor, 1984-1987)
  • Pastor, Gentilly Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA, 2007- (Elysian Fields Ave. Baptist Church merged with Gentilly Baptist Church in 2007)
  • Director of Libraries, NOBTS, 1991-1999
  • Director of Supervised Ministry, NOBTS, 1999-2003
  • Faculty, NOBTS since 1993, Now serving as Professor of Urban Missions occupying the Chester L. Quarles Chair of Urban Missions and Mission Mobilization Coordinator, Global Missions Center

Professional Society Presentations

  • "The Culture of the Inner City: Postmodernity Played Out on the Street" a paper presented to Spring 1999 Southwest Regional Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society
  • “Where We Are Called the Cults: Responding to an Historically Dominant Church Culture in Central and Eastern Europe” a paper presented to the Fall 2002 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society
  • “A Case Study of an Effective Business Platform in a Creative Access Country” a paper presented to the Spring 2005 Southwest Regional Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society and the Fall 2005 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society
  • “Short Term Missions in Disaster Settings: The Impact of Skill Levels on Team Effectiveness” a paper presented to the Spring 2007 Southwest Regional Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society
  • “Equipping a Roma Team to Reach the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe: A Case Study on the Relationship of Missionaries from a Western Mission Agency and Roma National Missionaries and Church Workers” a paper presented (co-authored by Boyd Hatchel) to the Spring 2008 Southwest Regional Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society

Mission Trips

  • Tanzania, 1995. Taught Urban Evangelism for two weeks at the International Baptist Theological Seminary of East Africa
  • Mexico, 1999. Led NOBTS seminary students on evangelistic trip to Mexico City
  • Paraguay, 2000. Traveled alone to Asuncion, Paraguay to do consultation with the Baptist churches of that city
  • East Asia, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010. Along with Dr. Charlie Ray (except for 2002) led NOBTS seminary students on trips involving evangelism and prayerwalking
  • Romania, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 led NOBTS seminary students on trip involving evangelism- In conjunction with Romanian American Mission
  • Indonesia, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Led NOBTS seminary students on trips involving evangelism. On each of these trips I taught one or more courses at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Indonesia in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Ecuador, 2001. Led members of my church on an evangelistic and prayerwalking trip
  • Athens, Greece, 2012. Participated with a team that ministered to refugees in this city
  • Haiti, 2012. Led NOBTS Korean seminary students on a disaster relief and evangelistic trip
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016. Participated with a NOBTS Team working in the city
  • Brazil, 2016. Participated with a team doing evangelism along the Amazon River

Secular Employment

  • Partner in Taylor and Taylor Law Firm, Russellville, AL, 1979
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Services Corp. Of Alabama, Florence AL, 1979-1983

Articles and Encyclopedia Entries

Currently serving as co-editor of ABC-CLIO’s Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs, Forthcoming, 2017.

"A Missionary at Home Can Be Challenging" Louisiana Baptist Message, Apr. 2, 2009.

"Peace on Earth, and in the Home," in Parenting Teens. LifeWay Christian Resources, November 2014.

For SAGE's Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, 2013:

  • "CARE"
  • "Network for Good"
  • "World Water Relief"
  • "Sigma (Swiss Re)"
  • "Invasive Species"
  • "Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, UN (UNICRI)"
  • "Religious Violence"
  • "Pandemics"
  • "Resource Collapse"

For SAGE's Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, 2013:

  • "American Indian categorization (history)"
  • "Dia de los Muertos"
  • "Ghetto"
  • "Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act"

For ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Exotic Customs from around the World, 2014:

  • "Berber Marriage Festival"
  • "Kapparot Ritual"
  • "Ramadan: Fasting, Prayer, and Charity"

For ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Populism in America, 2014:

  • "Urbanization"
  • "Liberty Hyde Bailey"
  • "Country Life Movement"

For Essenburg, Timothy J. and Lindsey K. Hanson, eds. The New Faces of American Poverty: A Reference Guide to the Great Recession. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014:

  • "The Great Recession and Suburban Families and Individuals"

For SAGE's Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, 2014:

  • "Natural Disasters, Services for"
  • "Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS)"
  • "Vietnamese Americans, Human Service Needs of"

For SAGE's Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy, 2014:

  • "Globalization"
  • "Greenways (planning and policy)"
  • "Urban Sprawl vs. Compact Development"
  • "Urban Walkways (planning and policy)"
  • "Welfare Reform (role of transportation in Welfare-to-Work program)"

For SAGE Reference's The Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia, 2014:

  • "Natural Disasters"
  • "Urban Families"

For ABC-CLIO's The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, 2015:

  • "Religious Revivals"

For ABC-CLIO's Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, 2016:

  • "Great White Fleet"
  • "USS Maine"

For ABC-CLIO's The World of the American Revolution: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, 2015:

  • "Urban Areas"
  • "Occupied Cities"
  • "Meschianza"
  • "Refugees"
  • "Alms Houses"

For SAGE's International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, Forthcoming:

  • "Slum Tourism

For Kurian, George Thomas and Mark Lamport, eds. Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Forthcoming:

  • "Haines, Byron Lee"
  • "Harris, George Kaufelt"
  • "Hastings, Thomas"
  • "Hoffman, C. Colden"
  • "Iglehart, Charles Wheeler"
  • "Kuder, John"
  • "Litwiller, John Timothy"
  • "McCandliss, Henry M."
  • "Mills, Wilson Plumer"
  • "Morgan, Raphael"
  • "Officer, Morris"
  • "Pott, Francis Lester Hawks"
  • "Reischauer, August Karl"
  • "Ross, William"
  • "Schauffler, William Gottlieb"
  • "Schneder, David Bowen"
  • "Smith, Henry Light"
For ABC-CLIO’s The Sea in World History, Forthcoming:
  • “Pilgrimage, Moslem (hajj)”

For ABC-CLIO's Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era, 2017:

  • "The Carlisle School"
  • "The Great Migration"