St. Louis, Missouri (July 1, 1998)-The 26th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America gave a standing ovation to its retiring Stated Clerk, Dr. Paul Gilchrist, this morning. Commissioners to the Assembly also gave more tangible expression to their appreciation: a beautiful plaque, and a check to assist Dr. Gilchrist and his wife in returning to Scotland for a visit.
Upon the presentation of the plaque, the Clerk said: "I just want to rejuvenate with my grandchildren, and grow spiritually." He added: "The Lord has sustained us and blessed us. . . . Thank you so much, you've been a rich blessing. We will remember and cherish this moment for a long time."
Joining Dr. and Mrs. Gilchrist on the platform were members of his family, both children and grandchildren.
The court also answered in the affirmative several
presbytery overtures which likewise expressed appreciation for
the Stated Clerk's ten years of service to the denomination.
Later, during the Interchurch Relations Committee report, the
Assembly thanked him for his labors in interchurch relations,
noting especially his work in conjunction with the World Fellowship
of Reformed Churches on behalf of persecuted Christians, and commending
him for a job well done.
St. Louis, Missouri (July 2, 1998)-Without opposition, Dr. Lee Roy Taylor, Jr., was elected as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCA. He will assume his new duties after adjournment of the 26th Assembly.
Born in Birmingham, AL, in 1944, Roy Taylor graduated in 1966 from Southeastern Bible College. His M.Div. was received from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN, four years later. He undertook graduate work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary; and earned a D.Min. from Faith Theological Seminary, Elkins Park, PA, in 1987. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wales.
Dr. Taylor came from a Baptistic background; and he pastored Alliance Baptist Church in New Orleans from 1971 to 1972. On August 6, 1973, prior to the first PCA General Assembly, he was ordained by Evangel Presbytery to become Pastor of Rainbow Presbyterian Church in Gadsden, AL. In 1978, he left the pastorate to become an Assistant Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. In 1982, he became Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS. He returned full-time to Reformed Seminary as a Professor in 1993.
He has lectured and been a visiting professor in several countries, including Korea, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. During his tenure in Hattiesburg, he was featured on the TV program, "Master Plan"; and from 1987 to 1988 had another TV ministry, called "Celebration."
Dr. Taylor is married to the former Miss Donna Wich. They have two children, Rebekah and Timothy.
The search committee appointed by the Administrative Committee to seek a new stated clerk received numerous nominations. There were five finalists, one of whom is a ruling elder.
Dr. Taylor is the third Stated Clerk of the PCA.
Dr. Morton H. Smith was the initial holder of the office, serving
from 1973 to 1988. Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist served from 1988 until
his retirement at this year's Assembly.