Taylor Denyer
Professor of Advanced Research

Taylor Walters Denyer is a missiologist, pastor, and global nomad who is passionate about naming and addressing the toxic beliefs and unhealed traumas that undermine the development of healthy communities and missional partnerships. She currently lives in New Delhi with her husband (a foreign service officer) and daughter. She is an elder in The United Methodist Church's North Katanga Conference and has lived/served in Slovenia, Algeria, Djibouti, Zambia, DR Congo, Chile, and the USA. 

Taylor earned her MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary, her BA/MA in International Development from American University in Washington, DC, and her DTh in Missiology on the topic of Decolonizing Mission Partnerships via the University of South Africa. In 2019, her doctoral thesis was selected by the American Society of Missiology for publication in its monograph series. It is available for purchase via Wipf and Stock and other book sellers. 

Taylor wears multiple hats, serving as the Rev. Dr. Bishop Mande Muyombo's Executive Assistant for Strategic Partnership and Engagement for the North Katanga-Tanganyika-Tanzania Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church and the president of Friendly Planet Missiology (FPM). She has taught at Wesley Theological Seminary and frequently teaches (mission, Methodist studies, and cross-cultural immersion) at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. In 2021, she joined the Bakke Graduate University family as an adjunct faculty member.

Taylor coaches church leaders locally and globally. She is available for consultations and happily accepts invitations to lead seminars and retreats on rethinking our approaches to helping and serving others.  


  • DTh in Missiology, University of South Africa

  • MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

  • MA International Development, American University, Washington DC

  • BA International Studies, American University, Washington DC