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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).
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Publication:International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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