“We suffered a terrible shock tonight when the pastor of New Life Glenside and my friend in ministry, Terry Traylor, was suddenly called into the presence of his Savior and Lord,” wrote Steve Smallman, shortly after Taylor passed away.

Traylor, 64, died Thursday evening from a sudden heart attack.

A veteran in church planting, Traylor had retired in September as pastor of New Life Presbyterian in Glenside, Pa., to become a Church Planting Coordinator with Mission to North America (MNA). Churches that Traylor helped plant over the years include the Jamaican church plant International Community Church (Miami, Fla.), Grace Church (McAllen, Texas), Covenant Church (Harlingen, Texas), and Redeemer PCA (Raleigh, N.C.).

“He had a significant impact on those churches. People came to Christ. People came back to Christ. Terry had a way of speaking the Gospel into people’s lives with a smile,” said family friend TE David Silvernail. “He just a heart, not just for church planting, but also for church planters. We have only just begun to see the fruit of that ministry.”

Traylor was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Westminster Theological Seminary.

He leaves behind a wife of 42 years, Susan, and four children (Gail, Jill, Joel, and Greg).

A memorial service will be held Monday, December 16, at 4 p.m. at the Keswick Theater, adjacent to New Life Glenside, Pa.