After a 10 month battle with cancer, The Reverend David Lesley Taylor of Bowie, Maryland passed away in his home on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the age of 73. David moved to Maryland with his wife, Margaret, in 2007 to assume the pastorate at the Central Seventh Day Baptist Church in Mitchellville, MD. David & Margaret previously pastored Vision Christian Fellowship in Westerly, RI (2001-2007), Pawcatuck SDB Church in Westerly, RI (1990-2001), the Lost Creek, WV SDB Church (1982-1990), the New Auburn, WI SDB Church (1978-1982) and the Schenectady, NY SDB Church (1976-1978) where he took his first pastorate. During his pastoral work, David completed both his Bachelors then Masters of Theology at Andersonville Baptist College & Seminary via their distance learning program.
Before entering the ministry, David worked in electronics for various employers in western New York where both he and Margaret were born and raised. David received his training in electronics in the US Army, enlisting in July, 1963. He served in Korea, assigned to a missile battery for his first 18 months of service. He was then transferred stateside to Fort Bliss, TX where he served as an instructor until he was honorably discharged in July, 1966. During his service in the Army, David received the Expert Rifle Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Basic Missileman’s Badge.