Tapper has served the Wesleyan Church for 25 years, and he draws on his experience as a researcher, author, speaker, and ordained minister to equip students to serve God and His Church. Prior to joining the SWU faculty in 2017, Tapper ministered in Canadian churches as lead pastor, connections pastor, and youth pastor, and served as an adjunct professor at Kingswood University and Crandall University in New Brunswick, Canada. He also worked with faith-based organizations to help people with developmental disabilities accomplish their goals and nurture communities where everybody belongs.
Tapper continues to pursue research related to Trinitarian concepts and contemporary worship music’s influence on theological understandings. His works have been published in Worship Leader Magazine, Christianity Today, the Wesleyan Church website, and other related media.
Throughout his life, Tapper has sought to make meaningful connections with other people. He is a strong and authentic leader, who moves with humility and conviction. Quick to encourage others toward their own potential and not afraid to “roll up his sleeves” and “make something happen,” Tapper brings an infectious tenacity to SWU’s campus.