Ryan Taylor received the Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, as well as an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from Vanguard University of Southern California. He also studied theology at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Ryan's interests are focused in the areas of comparative philosophy of religion, Biblical Theology, and cross-cultural studies. Ryan comes to GCU having held a variety of educational and leadership positions over the years including serving on the ministry staff of a local Anglican church, working as a Chaplain Candidate in the US Air Force, and spending many years with Forest Home Christian Conference Center. He also had the opportunity to join or lead many ministry trips to places like Uganda, Mexico, and the Navajo Reservation. Ryan currently serves on the board of a church and coffee shop in downtown Phoenix that seeks to bring the gospel (and good coffee) to the community while supporting sustainable development in Rwanda and Haiti.
Ryan is passionate about ideas and the truth that they can change us as individuals and societies. His desire is for students to be challenged to consider the difficult questions associated with religious and philosophical thought. First and foremost, Ryan wants his students to feel that a Christian Studies or Philosophy course has not only been a valuable part of their education but also a constructive element of their personal growth and faith formation. Ryan and his wife have three children and a penchant for collecting pets. The Taylor family has two labs, one turtle, one hermit crab, and one parakeet and one rescued lovebird. In addition to reading and an amateur interest in science (and science fiction), Ryan enjoys hiking and exploring new places - whether the mountains of the Southwest or the back roads of a developing country.