Pastor and Author Jack R. ‘Papa Jack’ Taylor Dies at 87

Jack R. Taylor, kingdom leader and decades-long proponent of the Spirit-filled life, died early this morning at age 87 in Melbourne, Florida. A graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he pastored Castle Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, for almost 17 years. There, a powerful spiritual awakening took place in 1970, with more than 3,000 people coming to know the Lord during the first six months and church membership doubling in four years. This launched Taylor into a worldwide ministry that began in 1974 and carried him through more than 40 years of itinerant preaching, teaching and sharing the power of the Spirit through his nonprofit, Dimension Ministries.

Taylor’s ministry took another dramatic turn in August 1994 during a visit to Toronto, where “significant personal healing took place both physically and spiritually,” per his website. He spoke often at Catch the Fire Toronto, home of the famed Toronto Blessing. He also had a powerful ministry with more than 200 men and women he considered his spiritual offspring, continuing to mentor them in the faith even in the final years of his life.

Taylor also authored numerous books, including the bestselling The Key to Triumphant Living, with more than 1 million copies in print, as well as numerous CDs and video series. His other books include Cosmic Initiative, Prayer: Life’s Limitless Reach, Victory Over the Devil, After the Spirit Comes, Much More, The Word of God With Power, The Hallelujah Factor and God’s New Creation.

Dr. R.T. Kendall, Taylor’s frequent ministry partner, shared his memories of his longtime friend in a brief video posted to Twitter, describing the Word Spirit Power conferences he, Taylor and Charles Carrin held and saying, “Jack opened doors for me all over America, including Alaska,” where Kendall is ministering today:

Other ministry leaders also posted tributes to Taylor via social media. Bill Johnson, senior leader of Bethel, Redding, California, shared his thoughts on Facebook, describing Taylor as “my greatest encourager since my dad died.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Marti Pieper