HCC’s upcoming fundraiser event at Abilene Christian University, “A Night in Ghana,” is being led in large part by Dr. Jerry Taylor, ACU Bible professor and HCC advocate. In preparation for this event, we had the opportunity to interview Dr. Taylor and capture his passion for Ghana and HCC’s mission on video.
“A Night in Ghana” will be a night of celebration and fundraising for HCC:
A Night in Ghana, hosted by the ACU Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action, is a celebration of all things Africa. Our hope for this event is to raise awareness about special topics affecting African nations, the African Diaspora, and our ever-growing community of exchange students and immigrants from across Africa. Please join us in support of Heritage Christian College in Ghana and its mission to transform lives all across the continent of Africa one student at a time!
Dr. Taylor not only supports and advocates for HCC, he has also made several visits to Ghana and HCC. Additionally, he is now an adjunct professor for HCC’s Department of Theology.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FOUNDATION SAT DOWN FOR A DISCUSSION WITH DR. JERRY TAYLOR. BELOW ARE SHORT VIDEO CLIPS FROM THE INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTING HIS BACKGROUND, HOW HE GOT INVOLVED WITH HCC, HIS EXPERIENCES VISITING HCC, AND HIS MESSAGE ON ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT.
WHO IS DR. TAYLOR
I was born in Covington, Tennessee and raised in the small rural town of Millington, eight miles north of Memphis. I have been in Churches of Christ since the age of 12. I received the desire to preach when I was 11 years old and presented my first public sermon at age 14. I have served as minister of local churches in Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. My family and I moved to Abilene from Atlanta, where we had been involved in doing work among the poor that lived in the Bankhead area of inner city Atlanta. We were able to see the intense brokenness that existed in that community. We came to Abilene as a result of being recruited by the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies. We consented to coming with the desire to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor as well as build a bridge across the great divide that exists between the white and black Churches of Christ. It has and continues to be a rewarding ministry in the area of teaching at ACU because it affords me the opportunity to get a bird’s-eye-view of both worlds, black and white. I am currently leading the initiative known as the Racial Unity Leadership Summit. We have been able to make much progress, however a lot more work needs to be done.
Expertise and Repertoire:
Preaching, Leadership development, Racial Unity, racial reconciliation, spiritual retreats, and Mentoring.
Preaching Minister at North 10th & Treadaway Church of Christ
HOW HE GOT INVOLVED WITH HCC
A few fellow ACU faculty members sponsored Dr. Taylor’s first trip to Ghana and visit to HCC.
HIS EXPERIENCE IN GHANA AT HCC PT. 1
Dr. Taylor describes his first trip to Ghana where he visited HCC as:
…a wonderful experience – A fantastic life-changing event.
HIS EXPERIENCE IN GHANA AT HCC PT. 2
They [HCC] are evangelistic. They are committed to sharing the good news with others because they believe that it is actually good news… they’re still committed to believing that the gospel is able to save the souls of human beings… and then it is applied and it can make a difference in a person’s ability to earn a living and to do it honestly and with the highest level of ethics and that’s what I’ve been able to witness – HCC is very committed to that and spreading that not only in Ghana but across the entire face of the African continent and to see that happening just brings me great joy; it gives me a glimpse of heaven on earth to see how the kingdom of God is expanding in Africa.”
“WHY CARE?” – HIS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE
Those who really are committed to Jesus Christ in the most sincere sense of commitment would feel very confident that their money is going to a good cause that is overseen by good stewards. I have been able to see for myself the good that Samuel Twumasi and the people working with him at HCC… I’ve seen the profound impact that they’re having not only in Ghana but across the continent of Africa.
A Night in Ghana will take place from April 27-28 at ACU’s Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action. The first event is a public lecture by Dr. Kwame Essien of Lehigh University, that Friday at 6 p.m. For more details about A Night in Ghana, visit the event page.