Joshua Taylor (2017 Cohort)
Joshua Taylor is the newly appointed Director of Worship and Music at the First United Methodist Church of Denton, Texas after a brief tenure as the co-musician for the Iona Community in Scotland. He previously served as the Director of Worship and Music at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas and as the Instructor of Sacred Music Studies in the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
Recognized as a both a conductor and educator, Taylor led the FPC Chancel Choir in performances for the 2016 Southwest American Choral Directors Association convention in Kansas City, the memorial service for fallen Dallas police officers with Presidents Obama and Bush in attendance, and, has presented interest sessions for the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas Choral Directors Association, SWACDA, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). He has published articles in the Choral Journal, Call to Worship, Presbyterian Outlook, and the UMC Discipleship Ministries History of Hymns Series.
Mr. Taylor holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Kansas State University, a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas, and a Certificate in Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“I am grateful for the conversation the DPM program provides about what it means to be church in an ever-changing society that challenges our perception of the ‘norm.’ I believe the DPM program is preparing me to be a ministry leader that values the past but dreams big about the future of Christ’s church and envisions an even bigger, more diverse, valued role for music ministry in that future. I hold as a core belief that the music ministry must encompass all aspects of ministry: pastoral care, mission, evangelism, education and worship and I value the opportunities this program offers for dialogue with pastoral colleagues about the way worship and music reside at the heart of all that we do in the church.”
Director of Worship & Music
First United Methodist Church of Denton