Former Cameroon PC Director Steve Taylor

March 12th, 2009 by admin

UPDATE:
We’ve also been informed that a Memorial service for R. Steven Taylor will be held at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 28 at 6PM. The Rev. Elder Charlie Arehart will officiate the service for Steve. You can contact the church at (202) 638-7373 for more information.

We are deeply saddened to inform the Friends of Cameroon that Steve Taylor peacefully passed away Feb. 23, 2009 in Bangkok. Steve suffered a cardiac arrest ten days earlier while on holiday in Thailand and had been hospitalized. He was a five-time Peace Corps Country Director, former Civil Service, and current Foreign Service member serving in Beijing, Steve was a great guy, a true inspiration to a many of us, and will be sorely missed. Below is a short bio that was passed along to us. Please keep Steve and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Persons wishing to express tributes or memorials for Steve may do so by letter to either or both his sister or mother:

Glenda Pessetti (sister)
10023 Northfield Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114

Susan Fortner South (mother)
2835 Wilcox Road
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Donations in Steve’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children.

Bio for Rev. Steve Taylor

R. Steven Taylor is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. Steve was raised in two religious cultures, Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic. He was ordained to the Christian ministry for the first time on November 12, 1972. He studied Theology, Music and Theater at Southwest Missouri State University. He went on to study Theology and French at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary in Southern Indiana. He also studied at the “Institut Catholique in Paris” and theater at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

In the late 1970’s he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa and went on to be Country Director in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Russia and Bulgaria. In 1994-1995 he was the interim pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC. From 1989 – 1996 he worked for the State Department in the Executive Program Division and was training Senior Foreign Service Officers for their positions around the world. In 1996 he moved to Russia where he was the Director of the United States Peace Corps’ operations in Moscow and in Vladivostok.

He was appointed Country Director of Peace Corps Bulgaria in August of 2000 and remained there until his current position in the State Department’s prestigious Senior Seminar. In 2002 Steve became the Coordinator of The Senior Seminar in the Leadership and Management School at Foreign Service Institute.

He was a member of the ordained Clergy and was ordained in UFMCC Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches at the General Conference in 1999. His final posting with the U.S. Foreign Service was to China, where he served in the Human Resources office of U.S. Embassy Beijing.


3 Responses to “Former Cameroon PC Director Steve Taylor”

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    Kate Lyn Reiter Says

    Steve was my friend since we were sophomores in high school. He was a true heart, a citizen of the world, a brother to everyone he met. The laughter and love that flowed so easily from his eyes enriched us all. He was a Pilgrim Soul and his Journey was deep and true. He leaves the earth and his friends too soon, too soon.

    “On one star I shall be living, on one star I shall be laughing. And for you it will be as if all the stars in the sky are laughing.” from The Little Prince

    Kate Lyn Reiter

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    mswest Says

    Steve was the most gracious person I have ever known. We kept in touch for about 10 years, after PC was kicked out of Burkina Faso. My husband and I met him for lunch in DC, and had a great time. I mailed him 12 rolls of bathroom tissue when he was in Moscow, at his request. That is a happy memory. When he was in college, he was in a play with Kathleen Turner, and he got to to kiss her. How funny! I am sorry to know he is gone. I was volunteer leader my 2nd year, and he treated me with the warmth and care he showed everyone.
    Mary Scott West, BF, 85-87

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    Angela Brown Says

    Steve embraced life and loved people and animals. His support and kindness were always available for those he loved. Steve had a playful side and an infectious laugh. He loved telling a story, like the time he improvised a moto helmet in the Maroua market from a dishpan and a cloth so he could take a moto taxi within Peace Corps policy. He loved Peace Corps and working with volunteers, he called it his privilege. I will remember him as a dear friend. Through multiple moves and frequent job changes our friendship was a constant in my life for 22 years. I love him and will miss him forever.
    Angela Brown, Cameroon 87-89

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