(From Philly.com) The Rev. Terry Traylor was said to have the physique of Superman and the heart of God.

With those gifts, Traylor lifted up everyone around him, from southern Texas to his church in Montgomery County.

That was the way family members and friends remembered Traylor at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Monday, four days after the church leader died from a massive heart attack.

Traylor, 64, was the senior pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside and a leader in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

“Terry’s ministry touched the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people,” Todd Traylor said of his older brother as he spoke to hundreds of mourners in the theater, about 1,000 feet from the church where the pastor preached. “I think we’re all shocked by Terry’s sudden departure.”

Terry Traylor gave his final sermon at New Life on Dec. 8, in which he told parishioners it was “a privilege and honor to be here as your pastor. I’m still your pastor. I love it.”

He had accepted a position as church development director for the PCA’s Mission to North America. That would have positioned him to oversee an outreach ministry to build churches in all regions of the continent.

In September, Traylor took a two-month sabbatical from his New Life duties to prepare for his new job, which would have built on his legacy of building churches and mentoring pastors in Texas, North Carolina, and Florida.

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2 Responses to Friends and Family Remember Terry Traylor

  1. Rod Culbertson says:

    Terry Traylor was a breath of fresh air and emanated positivity, a spirit of grace and optimism that came from Christ. I never met a Terry Traylor conversation that I didn’t enjoy. He was a blessing to me and to many others and he is sadly missed. “See you later Terry!”

  2. Ed Stadick says:

    I sent a paper letter to Terry a few weeks ago asking for prayer for a situation with my family. I asked for prayer that a grandmother would be invited to her granddaughter’s wedding next June. I’ve sent a couple of similar letters to Terry over the last few years and he has always written back.

    I’ve only met Terry a few times and that was back in the 80s. My uncle was the pastor of a now PCA church in Fredericksburg, VA. That church was started by 10 couples including Terry and his wife, and my ex-wife’s parents and grandparents. I was encouraged by Terry’s support of unity within the church, families, and marriages in the letters I received from him.

    Ed Stadick, member Living Hope PCA Chicago, accepted as 2014 student…