Born and raised in Guatemala City, David Taylor studied at the University of Texas (Plan II and International Relations), Georgetown University, the University of Würzburg and Regent College in Canada, where he received degrees in theology (MCS) and biblical studies (ThM). He earned his Th.D. at Duke Divinity School, under the joint supervision of Jeremy Begbie and Lester Ruth. He was a pastor at Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas, where over the course of twelve years, in a full-time and part-time capacity, he supervised an arts ministry and the adult education program in addition to serving on the preaching team.
In 2010 he edited the book For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books), drawing on the Transforming Culture Conference he co-planned with Hill Country Institute in 2008, which includes contributions from Eugene Peterson, Andy Crouch, Lauren Winner, Jeremy Begbie, Barbara Nicolosi, John Witvliet and Joshua Banner. He has written articles for Books & Culture, CIVA Seen, Christianity Today, Q, Comment magazine, The Living Church, The Christian Vision Project, The Christian Scholars Review and Calvin Theological Journal.
His artistic interests include playwriting, modern dance and film, and in recent years, science fiction literature. He and his wife, Phaedra (a gardener, cook and visual artist), currently live in Houston, Texas, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary as well as the director of Brehm Texas, an initiative in worship, theology and the arts. He is also ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Anglican Communion of North America.