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Tommy Carrington

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

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  • PhD, Educational Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (ongoing)
  • DMin, Urban Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Trinity International University
  • BS, Psychology & Biblical Studies, Miami Christian College (now Trinity International University)

Career Highlights

  • Youth Ministry Leader for over 15 years
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships in Ministry for over 15 years
  • President/Founder of a faith-based, non-profit organization for 20 years
  • Adjunct professor in the fields of counseling/psychology, Christian Ministries, and urban ministry for over 20 years
  • Provided Student Leadership training for a national organization in 20 states
  • Served as a Worship Leader for 10 years

Featured Work

Doctor of Ministry Dissertation Title: "Developing a Training Model for Equipping Youth Leaders in a Strategy for Ministering to Young People in Urban Communities."

Developed training workshops designed for youth leaders that included over 60 topics

Developed a 100-page training manual for youth leaders

Professional Presentation (Association of Youth Ministry Educators). Title: “The Role of Social Engagement as an Integral Component of Faith Formation for Young People.”


Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, I immigrated to the United States after graduating from high school. My family settled in Miami, where I attended a community college, and eventually earning my bachelor's degree from Miami Christian College  (now Trinity International University). Upon graduation, I served as a "home missionary" with Miami Youth for Christ, where I served as a chaplain for the Juvenile Detention Center, and then as an area director, responsible for neighborhood evangelistic small groups.

After 12 years with YFC, I obtained my master's in Counseling Psychology, and started my own ministry, the "Urban Training Network" (now Impact 922 Ministries), with the mission of training and equipping young people and youth leaders with a strategy for evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development. I also started teaching as an adjunct professor for Trinity International University on the south Florida campus.

After nearly three decades of ministry experience, I put my ministry on hold, and returned to school to pursue a PhD in education studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, with a minor in Intercultural Studies. I had a deep desire to be equipped to teach full-time at the college level.

I came to Taylor because of my passion to equip the next generation of ministry leaders with the tools they need to be effective ministry leaders wherever God leads them. I was particularly interested in teaching at Taylor because of their history and commitment to a Christ-centered education, with an integrative model of faith and learning, and a dedication to a servant-leader model of ministry. I am thrilled to join the faculty of Taylor University to serve in the mission to "develop servant-leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love, grace, and truth to a world in need."