Taylor Phillips can be recognized easily around the Lubbock Christian University campus. With her contagious smile, determination to succeed and welcoming personality, she is sure to make friends wherever she goes. Taylor is president of social club Zeta Gamma and engaged to be married this coming fall to Benji Wayne.
Taylor graduates this May with a missions major and English minor. The goal for this interview is to give LCU the opportunity to know her better before her time here comes to a close this May.
Why did you choose LCU?
“Well, I didn’t apply anywhere else … It’s a smaller community and I knew I would do better in an environment like that.”
Taylor also expressed the desire to attend a Christian university, preferably somewhere that had something to do with missions, which other schools around Lubbock did not.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
“I used to go rock hunting with my dad. I would go to work with him and we would try and find the prettiest rocks and arrowheads.”
Who is your role model, and why?
“Rebecca Talley and Phyllis Beck probably, because they have marriages [like]I desire to have and live in a way that I desire to live. They are both strong and intelligent women but are still compassionate and emulate who I want to be as a woman, and wife, and missionary.”
Taylor smiled as she talked about these people she so obviously admires. Rebecca and Phyllis both lived in East Africa for a large portion of their lives and are strongly involved with LCU.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
“I would want to be some kind of element-bender, maybe like an earth or water bender. I used to think I would want to read minds but that also makes me nervous.”
What is a quality you already have that could be considered your superpower?
“Empathy. Being empathetic helps a lot when working at the children’s home and while serving as Zeta’s president. It helps a lot to be able to feel out a group of people and try and guide and encourage people in the way they need it most.”
What is it like to work at the Children’s Home of Lubbock? What is your job?
“I work as a direct care staff member in the Emergency Shelter and Assessment Center. I mostly work with the kids. I check them in and make sure they have food and take notes on all of the kids to help assess what needs they might have and learn where a good placement would be for them.”
Taylor added that this was good experience and was a way that she could still be involved in the mission field while finishing college.
What made you want the position of president of Zeta Gamma and what do you like most about it?
“I didn’t consider it at all at first, but someone nominated me for it. I talked to a lot of people about it and they affirmed me and it really is such a servant position even though it’s important. I just love the relationships I’ve built, and getting to know so many people I wouldn’t have known otherwise.”
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Tell me about your journey with missions.
“I’ve always wanted to do something service-oriented, but I didn’t know whether I wanted to do domestic or cross-cultural missions. I got more involved with the Bible department after I changed my major to Missions and liked the idea of international missions. I went to Malindi, Kenya, with Jim and Phyllis Beck and worked at a school there, teaching English and CRE (Christian and Religion Education).”
How does mission work fit into your future?
“I just really love teaching and language and I feel like you can’t have a full view of the world without honestly considering other cultures and peoples around the world. My fiancé and I want to be a part of a cross-cultural missions team, hopefully moving to East Africa eventually.”
Taylor is a leader in the LCU community and an extraordinary example of someone who is following God’s calling on her life. If you see her around campus in these next few months, please take a second to say hello. It will not be a moment wasted.