Richard Shelley Taylor (30 March 1912, Cornelius, Oregon - 19 June 2006) was a Nazarene educator and theologian. Taylor attended Northwest Nazarene College (now University) before receiving undergraduate degrees from Cascade College and George Fox, both in Oregon, in 1942 and 1944, respectively. He received a master's degree from PLNU (then Pasadena College) in 1945. He received his Doctor of Theology Degree in 1953 from the Boston University School of Theology,
Taylor was a committed minister, serving in the roles of evangelist, pastor and teacher in a long career of service in and to the Church. He was also a retiree of the Education Department (now International Board of Education) at Nazarene Headquarters. In addition, Taylor was a writer. His works included the Disciplined Life; Exploring Christian Holiness, Vol. 3: The Theological Formulation; and A Right Conception of Sin.