Barbara Brown Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. Ordained in 1984; she spent fifteen years in parish ministry before making becoming a classroom teacher. In 1996, Baylor University named her as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. In addition to her ongoing full time appointment at Piedmont, she spent nine years as a part-time professor of spirituality at Columbia Seminary and has just completed a semester as the Alonzo McDonald Distinguished Visiting Professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Taylor is the author of twelve books including The New York Times-best seller An Altar in the World, which won the Silver Nautilus Award and the Rodda Book Award. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. HarperOne will publish her new book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, in April 2014. Taylor holds eight honorary doctorates and serves on both the Board of Advisors for Yale Divinity School and the National Board of Advisors for the Buechner Institute at King University.