Chris Taylor – Children’s Ministry Director
Chris was born and raised right here in Tucson. He grew up in a large family with seven brothers and sisters. He was acquainted with many religions as a child including different Christian denominations, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. In his twenties, he was still searching for the purpose of life and truth, when he became ill. He was drawn to Jesus Christ through several different encounters with Christians and the Scriptures during this time. He believed in Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 27. He is married to Kathy and has two boys Joseph and Nicholas.
Having served as a teacher and specialist in grades K-8 for over ten years in both public and private schools, Chris was led into Children’s Ministries. He served several years in teaching and leadership positions before working two years as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. His education includes a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University, Master of Education in Special Education from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
As Director of Children’s Ministries, He desires to share his passion for teaching children and sharing the love of Christ with them to each of the ministries’ volunteers! His heart’s desire is to see children trust in, follow and grow in their love of Jesus. He has been privileged to present at several conferences including the Ignite Tucson Children’s Ministry Leaders Conference, Children’s Ministry Connect, and the Association of Christian Schools International Western Regional Convention.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include Norman Geisler, Tim Kimmel, C.S. Lewis, Aubrey Malphurs, John MacArthur, C.J. Mahaney, Charles Spurgeon, Lee Strobel, Ted Tripp, and Stu Weber.
What are you most passionate about in ministry?
There are two areas I am most passionate about in ministry. My first passion is combating the mere moralization of the Bible, especially in Children’s Ministries. I believe strongly that children should be taught that the Bible is God’s Word, true, and without any error. It reveals the living God who loves each one of them, who created them, who sustains them, and who desires a relationship with them. He loves them so much that He sent His Son to die in their place, for their sins. In today’s culture the Bible is often used like Aesop’s Fables, here is the moral to the story and this is how we are to behave, so we can be good people. This is a tragedy of our times that must be avoided.
Secondly, I believe that children must be taught theology. Often children are exposed to the same Bible accounts over and over throughout their years in church. Yet, they never go below the surface of the account to dig deeper. Children can understand many aspects of theology beginning in early elementary school. An example would include some of the attributes of God, including how He is everywhere (omnipresence), knows everything (omniscience), and is all powerful (omnipotent). It is through prayer, Bible study and examining the totality of the Scriptures that we can know who Jesus is and grow closer to Him regardless of age.
What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Interests?
Spending time with my family traveling, hiking, and camping always guarantees fun and excitement for us! Exploring the outdoors is one of my favorite ways to spend time. I have been an amateur astronomer for several years and enjoy examining the vastness of God’s creation on a clear, cool night through my telescope.