Honorably Retired Rev. J. Graley Taylor passed away on 6/25/2014. Rev. Graley most recently served as the Parish Associate at Inglewood Presbyterian Church.
Memorial Service: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. Luncheon to follow.
This year, Whitworth University honored Rev. Graley with the "Mind and Heart Award" and wrote this about him:
J. Graley Taylor's vocational journey can be traced back to his time at Whitworth, where he organized a gospel team, acted in numerous theatre productions, attended and sang at Christian Endeavor meetings, and served at churches near the Canadian border. Looking back, Graley's participation in a broad range of activities stands out as a clear indicator of his future evangelical and creative paths.
After graduating in 1950, Graley went on to attend San Francisco Theological Seminary; he then served as pastor to churches in California and Washington and was the organizing pastor of two new congregations, fostering family ministry and working closely with Presbytery youth. These experiences led him to make his first film, a positive experience that ultimately led to his career in media ministry.
Today, Graley's acclaimed film, television and radio productions are too numerous to mention in detail. He helped develop the Religious Broadcasting Commission, an ecumenical media ministry that transformed religious programming in the Northwest. His work as a writer-producer for the documentary "Right On! Superstar" garnered four Emmys. His TV special "Celebrating Tomorrow's Hope" won a Gabriel Award. Another TV special, "Out of the Night," recounted the spiritual journey of Vietnam veterans returning from war. Graley's wide-ranging honors and awards are indicators of the scope of his career, which continues today: he's currently working on a film with Maori Presbyterians in New Zealand.
Whitworth is proud to add the Mind and Heart Award to Graley's long list of accolades. In Graley, Whitworth University has another distinguished alumnus who has used his education as a launching point to a colorful and rewarding life in Christian service.