Derek Taylor, M.Div.

Professor of Youth Ministry, Research Coordinator and Liaison to Youth Ministries

Derek Taylor serves as the youth ministry trainer for Southwest Field Nazarene Youth International (NYI) for the Church of the Nazarene. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego, where he has also taught undergraduate courses in leadership. Taylor currently teaches youth ministry in the School of Theology & Christian Ministry and serves full time in the PLNU Center for Pastoral Leadership. Taylor has nine years of pastoral experience and has served the Church in multiple capacities. He has a deep love for the church and a passion for seeing leadership exercised well within it.


  • B.A., Philosophy/Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Student, Leadership Studies, University of San Diego