Published on July 1, 2015 by Kristen Padilla  
Grant Taylor

Grant D. Taylor has been appointed as associate dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. 

A native of Tennessee, Taylor holds a B.S. from Union University, Jackson, Tennessee; an M.Div. from Beeson Divinity; and a Ph.D. in biblical theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

Taylor served in Beeson’s Office of the Associate Dean from 2008-10 and as an assistant to Southeastern Seminary Provost Bruce R. Ashford from 2010-15. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, having previously served as pastor of Dogwood Grove Baptist Church in Adger, Alabama, while at Beeson. 

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Grant Taylor back to his alma mater as our new associate dean,” said Timothy George, Beeson Divinity dean. “He is one of our most able graduates and did superb administrative work as a full-time member of our staff for several years. Deeply rooted in the Baptist tradition, he appreciates the explicitly evangelical and interdenominational character of our school and will help advance the kind of quality theological education for which Beeson is well known across the nation.” 

Kenneth Mathews, professor of divinity and chair of the associate dean search committee, said the committee immediately recognized Taylor’s skills in administration. 

"Dr. Taylor is enthusiastically welcomed to Beeson,” Mathews said. “In conjunction with Dean George, he will contribute new ideas from his experience in theological education and at the same time he will honor and retain the tradition of evangelical and reformational theology that has been the bedrock of ministerial training at Beeson since its inception.” 

Taylor is married to Rebecca, and they have one daughter.

Kristen Padilla is marketing and communications coordinator for Samford University's Beeson Divinity School.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.