Word has been received of the death of Steve Taylor, former Grace Brethren pastor in Roanoke, Va. He served the Ghent Grace Brethren Church for 12 to 13 years, beginning first as youth and associate pastor and later serving as senior pastor.
According to Pastor Dan Pritchett of Valley Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md., where Steve and his wife, Susan, currently worshiped, he died this morning at approximately 9:06. Both Susan and his mother, Sue, were with him. “It was a peaceful transition. We don’t have details of his service available at this time, but will let you know as soon as it has been planned,” says Pastor Dan. Steve has donated his body to the Anatomy Board for research.
Steve was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in late 2009 and was given 20 months. Obviously, God extended his life and he had a tremendous impact as Director of the Chaplains for Hospice. He spoke in a number of churches on death and dying as he shared his journey. Here is a blog that he had started that gives some background, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get many posts in – stevetaylorphd.blogspot.com.
Steve and Susan have had a heart for missions, and Steve was able to make a few trips to Kenya to a Hospice that they had adopted.
Your encouragement and support to Susan and also to Jim and Sue, Steve’s parents, is greatly appreciated! The mailing address for both Susan and Jim and Sue is: 640 Cornell Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21742