|Taylor retires from Eastminster, to be feted
The Mid-county Memo
A civic and religious leader in Mid-county is retiring this month.
|Alisa Karin-Bean, left, enlists Rev. Bill Taylor to help sell raffle tickets at the annual SnowCap Community Charities Valentine Dinner Auction held last month.
|MEMO PHOTO: TIM CURRAN
Rev. Bill Taylor has been pastor of what is now known as New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church for the past 30 years.
The church, located at Northeast 125th Avenue and Halsey Street, changed its name last year from Eastminster Presbyterian Church after combining with another church to offer services in both English and Korean.
Taylor served at several churches following his ordination. His first was Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Iowa as assistant pastor from June 1969 to September 1971.
He served as pastor for Eastminster Presbyterian Church, now New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church, starting on July 27, 1975. Hell retire on March 31.
Taylor explained that Fran Elton, a certified ministerial candidate, would be the guest preacher at the church from the first Sunday in April through the first Sunday in June. During that time, the church board of directors will be seeking an interim pastor. Taylor also explained that the more traditional process outlines that a called pastor will follow the interim pastor.
Taylor has been a fixture in the community, involved in everything from being on the Parents Advisory Committee at Parkrose High School to serving as a coach and referee for the Parkrose Soccer Club.
Hes been a member and moderator for the Parkrose Ministerial Association, along with a scoutmaster and chaplain for the local Boy Scouts of America.
Hes also been a board of directors chairman for SnowCap Community Charities. Hes a past president of the Gateway Area Business Association.
Taylor was the Religious Leader of the Year for the Mid-county Memo Community Awards in 1988, and shared the same honor last year with his former co-pastor at New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Rev. Yoon K. Cho.
In 1998 Taylor received the Columbia River Girl Scout Community Service Award. In 2002 he received the District Service Award for the Mt. View District of the Boy Scouts of America for his service between 1989 and 2002. Hes a life member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.
He and his wife Mary have three children: son Brian, and twin daughters Jill and Julie.
Taylors retirement plans include serving as an interim pastor to churches in transition between installed pastors. He also plans to travel when possible, he told the Memo, read, and explore my hobbies of stained glass, latch hooking, watercolor painting and writing.
Taylor will remain active in retirement as the interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Coos Bay, Ore.
New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church will honor Taylor and his wife on his retirement with an open house at the church on Saturday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Taylor will preach his last sermon at the church on Sunday, March 12 at the 9:45 a.m. service. A special retirement worship celebration will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 26 with Rev. Aleida Jernigan, co-executive Presbyter for Cascades Presbytery, preaching.