About Taylor

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, India, 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. 

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 led courses and guest taught at a number of theological schools and is adjunct faculty (teaching United Methodist studies, mission, and cross-cultural immersion) at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She also serves as a faculty advisor for doctoral students at Bakke Graduate University.

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.  


“Ecclesiastic Empires: American Conflict and the UMC in Africa” in Methodism & American Empire edited by David W. Scott and Filipe Maia, Abington, 2024.

Foreword writer and co-editor of Pastors, Chiefs, and Warlords: The Ministry of Being With. Wipf and Stock, 2022.

“Isolation, Connection, and the Worldwide Web” in Acta Missiologiae. Central and Eastern European Association of Mission Studies, Vol 10, 2022.

“Decolonizing Methodist Mission Partnerships” in The Practice of Mission in Global Methodism: Emerging Trends from Everywhere to Everywhere, edited by David W. Scott and Darryl W. Stephens, Routledge Methodist Studies Series. New York: Routledge, 2021. 

Decolonizing Mission Partnerships: Evolving Collaboration between United Methodists in North Katanga and the United States of America. American Society of Missiology Monograph Series. Pickwick Publications, 2020.

Foreword writer and consulting editor of Bob Walter’s The Last Missionary. Wipf and Stock, 2020.