Dr. Phil Collins
Director of Scripture Engagement and Professor of Christian Ministries
Office Location: Reade 227
Phone: (765) 998-4670
Specialties: leadership, ministry programming, scripture engagement, spiritual formation, youth ministry
PhD, Educational Psychology, Purdue University, 2005
MA, Christian Education, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993
MA, Old Testament History, Institute of Holy Land Studies, 1982
BA, Bible Literature and Christian Education, Taylor University, 1982
Why I came to Taylor:
I am a professor in the Christian Ministries (CM) program. The focus of CM is on spiritual formation. Our prayer is that we will prepare spiritually maturing ministry leaders who facilitate the processes of spiritual formation in others for compassionate and effective service to the Church and the world.
I have been teaching at Taylor for 26 years, 7 as an adjunct Prof and 19 full-time. Before Taylor I was in full-time ministry for 16 years (in church and parachurch youth ministries). Though I will always have a heart for and deep interest in youth ministry, my current areas of focus are in Scripture engagement, leadership, spiritual formation, and ministry programming.
It is a “dream come true” for me to be a professor at Taylor. I graduated from Taylor and the department I now teach in 1982. It was during my time as a student at Taylor that I felt like the ground work for my own spiritual walk and ministry life was developed. It is my hope and desire to invest in the lives of students in the same way my Taylor Profs impacted me during my college years.
Advice to incoming students:
The faculty in this department are a joy to work alongside of and we all believe our undergraduate students compare with the best any other college has to offer. This is a place of deep Christian learning and spiritual growth. I’d personally love to encourage you to come and check us out.