Keynote speaker

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. David Taylor as our keynote speaker at The Happening!

On Friday, July 20, David will speak to the gathered group attending The Happening, and other guests who wish to join us, about “The Theatre Artist and God’s Kingdom.” The session will begin at 7:00pm at A.D. Players’ Saint Street Studio, 2613 Saint Street, Houston.

David has been well-known to the “faith & arts” community for nearly two decades, beginning with his time as the arts pastor at Austin’s Hope Chapel through today as the director of Brehm Texas, an initiative of Fuller Theological Seminary that seeks the renewal of the church through the arts. David is the author of the popular blog, “Diary of an Arts Pastor,” many articles, and several books about faith and the arts (see below). David is Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture for Fuller Seminary, and in 2016 he produced a short film on the psalms with Bono and Eugene Peterson. An ordained Anglican priest, he lives in Houston with his wife Phaedra (a visual artist, gardener and cook), daughter Blythe, and son Sebastian.

Join us to learn from and be encouraged by David! You’ll also get to enjoy a time of networking and fellowship after the keynote talk, plus admission to the Playwrights’ Slam, in which the writers attending The Happening will present scenes from their best work in competition for a full reading later in the weekend.


More about David:

Dr. David Taylor is the author of The Theater of God’s Glory: Calvin, Creation and the Liturgical Arts (Eerdmans: 2017). He edited For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books: 2010) and served as co-editor of Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds (IVP Academic: 2017). His book, Worship and the Arts: Singular Powers and the Formation of a Human Life, is due out with Eerdmans spring 2019. His book, Honest to God: The Psalms and the Life of Faith, is due out with Thomas Nelson fall 2019. Taylor has published articles in the Calvin Theological Journal, Christian Scholars Review, Worship, Theology Today, The Washington Post, Image Journal, Books & Culture, Comment, and Christianity Today, among others. He serves on the advisory board for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts as well as IVP Academic’s series, “Studies in Theology and the Arts.” He also serves on the editorial advisory board for the Engaging Worship series. A pastor for ten years in Austin, Texas, he has lectured widely on the arts, from Thailand to South Africa.