Steven W. Taylor, 62

January 30, 2022

Steven Wayne Taylor (age 62) Went to be with our Lord on the 30th of January 2022, in Weatherford, Texas after complications from COVID-19. Steve is survived by his wife Maria T. Taylor, and their seven children Sarah Cooper of Florida, Jared Taylor (Andrea Taylor) of Alabama, Angel Lucena (Lisette Lucena) of Virginia, Eunice Armer (Mike Armer) of Lancaster, Daniel Lucena, and Israel Lucena of Lancaster, and David Lucena of California, five grandchildren in Pennsylvania, many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much, and his siblings Kathy Terry (Jay Terry) of Texas, Rebecca Dias of Arizona, Paul Taylor (Kelly Taylor) of Indiana, and James Taylor (Marta Taylor) of Arizona. Steve was a retired pastor and a devout follower of Jesus Christ. Steve’s earthly body will be laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania on the 11th of February 2022.

Steve was born on the 24th of January 1960, in Heidelberg, Germany to the late Edward Norvell Taylor and the late Patricia Ann Taylor. He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Ann Taylor. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he graduated from Warren Central High School in 1978. He would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Christian College in 1982 and a master’s degree from Pacific Christian College in 1996. Steve was an avid writer and wrote numerous articles providing insights into biblical truths and authored several books on spiritual warfare and his journey of faith with his wife Maria.

What is the measure of a man? Should a man be measured by his successes and accomplishments or by his failures? Maybe he should be measured by his words and actions. Perhaps he should be measured by the impact he had on the lives, hearts, and minds of others. How will Steve be remembered the most? As a husband, a father, a friend, a brother, a son? To others, he was a student, a teacher, a mentor, or a leader. To some, he was a soldier serving his country. How can one simply sum up the life of a great man? What legacy did Steve leave behind?

As a husband, he was a steadfast spiritual leader who was devoted to his wife, Maria. Spending time daily with his wife in Bible study and prayer was a major priority for Steve. Because his mind was set on things above (things having eternal value), he sought God’s guidance each day and looked for opportunities to love and serve others with his wife by his side. They were one, they held hands and did everything together, they went for walks together every day, they rode their bikes together, they worked out at the gym together, they went grocery shopping together, they went to doctor appointments together, they pastored a church together, they fed the homeless together, they loved to travel together, they even worked together. They mentored several couples together. They visited the sick and the widows together. They served as house parents for children who lost their parents to drugs, alcohol, death, or prison. They worked in several children’s shelters. They even worked with pregnant teenage girls that ran away from home or were kicked out of their homes by their own parents because they were pregnant. They were truly one. His wife Maria said she could count on one hand the few times he went around the block alone because she was cooking and the neighbors would stop him and ask him, “where’s your other half?”

As a provider, During his years as a minister, Steve often worked two or three jobs to provide for his family. Over the years, he worked as a landscaper, a gas station attendant, a janitor, a furniture mover, a maintenance man, a funeral director, and he even worked in the sporting goods department at Walmart.

As a Christ-follower, Steve devoted his life to preaching God’s word. During his forty-two years as a pastor, Steve worked tirelessly to spread the gospel and minister to those in need. During his time in the ministry, he pastored churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Arizona, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma where he touched the lives of so many people. His strongest passion in life was winning lost souls for Christ. He lived his life so that one day he would hear the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Even in his last days in that hospital room, he was sharing Jesus with every doctor and nurse that came into his room. This is his legacy, his greatest accomplishment.

As a soldier, Steve was in the United States Army from 1985 to 1991. Like his father before him, Steve served his country. He did well in the army and quickly rose to the rank of E-6, Staff Sergeant. In 1990, when his five-year commitment to the army was due to expire, Steve was sent to war. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War where he took part in Operation Desert Storm.

As a father, Steve gave up a promising career in the United States Army to be there for his children and return to his calling as a pastor. He knew that if he stayed in the army, he would miss important parts of his children’s lives. Steve’s priority was obeying the Lord and making sure his children had a relationship with Jesus. He had the privilege of baptizing both of his children and he taught his children to be like Christ and to serve others.

It’s difficult to condense the life of a person into a few paragraphs. If you knew Steve, you knew he had a dry sense of humor. He loved his Spanish Princess. He was good at chess. He had an adventurous spirit and was athletic. He enjoyed playing racquetball and lifting weights. Steve was always physically fit, but he knew spiritual fitness was more important. He strived to stay spiritually fit so that when his life neared its end, he could confidently say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Steve’s sister once said, “Steve was too good for this world.” He was an amazing role model, a loving gentle, sweet, fun, genuine, and sincere man. He was a precious gift to all who knew him. Steve was a giver, he loved to give. On Christmas day Steve and his wife Maria which he called, “His Spanish Princess” would go out blessing the homeless people they could find.

Steve will truly be missed by everyone who knew him and especially by his Spanish Princess.

If Steve was here today he would leave you with this:

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19).

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022 at the Charles Snyder Funeral Home, 414 E. King St, Lancaster, PA 17602 at 11:00 AM. Interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery to follow. Friends will be received at the Funeral Home starting at 10:00 AM.

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April 11, 2022

I still can’t believe you are gone. The grieving process is brutal.  
One comfort is hearing the things that you’ve said, over and over, in my mind.  When I want to talk to you, and ask you about something, I just stop and think for a moment and then I know what you would say.  Some things may fade with time but your words will always stay with me.
I love you 

March 11, 2022

Just sounds like something Steve would write prior to his assuming room temp. He WILL be remembered ..  a member of the old congregation …  of CLCC.  

February 11, 2022

Steve you were such a great person to me. We had such great time with you and Maria I felt the love everytime I was over at you house. Fair well until we meet again. Blessings to your wife and Family. I’ll miss you dearly.
Francisca Medina

February 10, 2022

Maria, I just wanted to tell you how much you and Steve helped me spiritually and emotionally these past few years. I still have the daily passages in scripture that you both sent to me.  Sometimes I was so down physically and mentally, That your messages, First thing every morning, got me through the day. I thank you both.
Maria I am so sorry for your loss, but Steve is heavens gain.  He is in glory and he has heard the words, “Well done My good and faithful servant.” ❤️
Terri Teasdale

February 10, 2022

My wife Denise and I were blessed to meet Steve and Maria! Thanks to Steve for always being a voice of encouragement and perspective as we shared some of the nuances and challenges of serving Jesus in the context of the church. I always enjoyed Steve’s little text messages and scriptures that lifted our spirits and gave us strength to keep moving forward. I loved the energy and enthusiasm Steve shared during the worship services at First Christian! He will be greatly missed and so will Maria whom we continue to love and for whom our prayers will keep rising heavenward. Thanks Steve for your faithful, inspiring, encouraging service to so many including us! You’re gone too soon, but we look forward to the great Reunion day and we’ll have plenty of opportunity to catch up and rejoice in God’s love, goodness and faithfulness! Be safe and at peace in the arms of Jesus my brother. Sincerely, Duff and Denise Gorle.

February 10, 2022

It is so hard to believe Steve is gone. He was a great man of God, always looking for ways to serve Him. I was just getting to know him and his wonderful wife, Maria, here at our church in Sun City. He certainly made an impact on me with the strength of his convictions and his love for the Lord. I will miss him and Maria – who also blessed me with her grace and faithfulness. Although we grieve Steve’s passing, we can be joyful that he is home with the Lord!
Bob Divers

February 09, 2022

Steve made such an impact on our lives. Jennifer and I have been so blessed by the Taylor’s and have missed you both since you moved from Oklahoma. Steve will certainly be missed, but I’m sure is celebrating being in our Fathers house! Thank you Lord for the time that we had with Steve while he was here!
Scott Zigler

February 09, 2022

Will be missed immensely, one day we will break bread and drink of the cup again, in our lords Heavenly realms. 

February 09, 2022

This world lost a great man. As a friend, mentor and brother in Christ, Steve was top notch. Steve was certainly passionate about following Jesus and lived his life as a ‘light on a hill’ and a vessel to be used by God. Steve, you are missed.

February 09, 2022

Oh, my dear baby brother.  Thank you for all the years of friendship and fellowship.  We spoke in scripture and enjoyed God’s Word together.  I still remember serving with you in Arizona and walking into the church hearing you whistling.  Since the day you were born, I loved you.  You were such a delight!!  I miss our fellowship so very much.  Your Katrina will always love you.  Enjoy Jesus and I will see you soon!

February 09, 2022

So Honored to have met both of you as we did at pantano christian church east tucson and to go to your house in corona de tucson and eat empanadas and have a Bible study together. Didnt know he was educated to that level. Knew he pastored such a humble man loved hearing him laugh. Rest in peace my brother in Christ as I know Jesus welcomed you saying well done good and faithful servant. You certainly touched our lives for the short time we got to be with you.
Timothy Wintenburg

February 09, 2022

A beautiful tribute to a faithful servant of the Lord. May we all aspire to be as devoted as Steve in so many areas. He leaves a true legacy in this world and will be missed by all including people who never got the chance to know him but especially by his family and lovely wife Maria.  We are truly saddened and shocked by this loss and grateful for the couple years we got to know them both .
Marie Benson

February 09, 2022

Rest In Peace My Friend… Till we meet again🙏🏽💕🙌🏾
Maddie Pickett

February 09, 2022

My Honey! I still can’t believe you’re with Jesus. We were and always will be One. We were so close and that’s probably why I still feel like you’re with me and that’s because you are, I Carty you in my heart. 
Your Spanish Princess

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