Editors & Writers

William Taylor, USA-Latin America

Portrait of William Taylor

Bill was born in Costa Rica of missionaries, and lived in Latin America for 30 years, 17 of them with his wife, Yvonne, based in Guatemala. They served under Camino Global (then called CAM Int.), primarily assigned to the Central American Theological Seminary but also committed to mentoring younger Latin leaders. Bill has been married to Yvonne since 1967; they have three GenEx children born in Guatemala and seven grandchildren. He and Yvonne partnered with a team to plant a vibrant Guatemalan church, which in turn sent them to the USA as their missionaries.

Bill has the following formal educational background: Moody Bible Institute—diploma; North Texas University—B.A; Dallas Theological Seminary—Th.M.; University of Texas, Austin—Ph.D. in Latin American studies and the foundations of education.

He was on the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the departments of World Mission as well as Education during the academic years 1982-1983 and 1985-1986. He continues to serve as a visiting professor in schools such as Trinity School for Ministry (Anglican), Columbia International University, SETECA and in other nations. From 1986 to 2006, he served as executive director of the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission developing and growing an international mission network, guiding the work of the staff team and coordinating seven international working task forces that address worldwide missions issues.

For the last 27 years Bill has spoken at church mission conferences, strategic Christian university lectureships, has consulted on global mission change with churches, mission agencies, and missionary training schools around the world.

As founder and president of TaylorGlobalConsult, Bill now invests much of his time in selective mentoring-apprenticing of key leaders—both local and global, consulting with agencies, schools, churches and business-as-mission ventures, speaking, teaching, and writing to address key issues of our world today. He has written several books in Spanish and English. Two recent titles: Global Mission Handbook: A Guide to Cross-cultural Mission (with Steve Hoke), IVP, 2009; he is lead editor of the resource anthology, Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom, William Carey Library, 2012.

Bill’s life partner, Yvonne DeAcutis Taylor, is a native-born Texan from Dallas, and they have ministered together in cross-cultural mission since 1967. With a university degree in liberal arts/music from the University of North Texas, she is Bill’s full colleague, serving him as a critical thinker and sounding board, editing his writing, and ministering with him locally and internationally. A long-time student of Christian spirituality in the various historic streams of Christianity, God’s calling on Yvonne has for many years been to minister in the areas of spiritual formation and spiritual direction/mentoring. Drawn by God several decades ago to a ministry of dedicated intercession, her additional areas of study and specific ministry have been Church History, Celtic Christianity and Spiritual Theology/Formation. Her skills as a classically trained pianist and her love for the fine arts have always formed an important part of her life and work. She and Bill are patrons of the arts and young artists, enjoy Irish dancing, all things Italian, reading and photography. She also cherishes her role as a mother and grandmother and being able to serve/love/pray for her family.

Finding themselves in a latter stage of life, Bill and Yvonne desire to serve and strengthen Christ’s global Church, locally and globally, and to finish their own race with faithfulness and integrity.