Rev. Terry O. Traylor, 64, a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, died on Thursday, December 12, 2013 of an apparent heart attack. Terry had served as the Senior Pastor of New Life PCA in Glenside, Penn., a suburb of Philadelphia, until September. He left that position to become a Church Planting Coordinator with the PCA’s Mission to North America (MNA).
Traylor was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and of Westminster Theological Seminary’s South Florida Extension. While in Miami he worked with Galloway Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in planting the International Community Church. He then moved to McAllen, Texas where he planted New Life PCA, and then to Harlingen, where he planted Covenant PCA.
In 1994, he moved once again to plant another church, this time Redeemer PCA in Raleigh, N.C. While in Raleigh he was also instrumental in assisting in planting other churches in the area. He was called to be the pastor of Glenside PCA where he served until September.
When he sensed his call to the gospel ministry, Traylor was working in Fredericksburg, Va., and was a member of New Life in Christ PCA. Dr. Doug Kittredge, the founding and continuing pastor of New Life in Christ said, “Terry became our first candidate for the ministry a few years after we were organized. We have maintained a close relationship with Terry, Susan and the family as the Lord used them to plant churches in so many places. Church planting was so important to Terry’s ministry. In fact, he was in Fredericksburg the day before he died; he was here in his new capacity as Church Planting Coordination for Mission to North America. New Life in Christ Church is implementing its longstanding vision to plant churches in the greater Fredericksburg region and Terry was counseling and coaching us. It is hard to believe that he is gone since the day before he died he had so much life and hope and spoke so excitedly about church planting. His excitement was so real and deep that it continued to stir me to work the vision. From a personal perspective, I have lost a good friend and will miss his fellowship and encouragement.”
Traylor is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan, and four children: Gail (married to PCA minister Aaron Anderson, pastor of City Church in York, Penn.), Jill, Joel, and Greg.
Funeral arrangements are pending.