James Hudson Taylor III.
James Hudson Taylor III, Sinologist and theologian, in Hong Kong,
March 20, 2009. The great-grandson of missionary pioneer J. Hudson
Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission in 1865, he was born August
12, 1929, in Kaifeng, Henan, and was raised in China. In June 1955
Taylor and his family arrived in Kao-hsiung, Taiwan, to join the staff
of Holy Light Bible School, founded that year by his father. The younger
Taylor worked there as a lecturer before succeeding his father as
principal in 1960. In 1970 he became president of the new China
Evangelical Seminary in Taipei. From 1980 to 1991 Taylor served as
general director of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, now OMF
International, the mission founded by his great-grandfather. He was the
first Taylor descendant in this role, and under his leadership OMF saw
growth in Japan, Philippines, and Hong Kong, as well as in publishing.
In 1994 he formed Medical Services International, now MSI Professional
Services, to bring teams of Western professionals into China to work on
health and community-development projects. He is coauthor of a book on
the life of Hudson Taylor's father-in-law, Even to Death: The Life
and Legacy of Samuel Dyer (OMF, forthcoming).