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E L Hebden Taylor (1925-2006)

Revd Eustace (aka Stacey) Lovatt Hebden Taylor is an Reformational Anglican vicar (b 1925 in Katanga, Belgium Congo - the son of missionary parents). He has served in the Royal Navy and as a missionary in Alaska. He has been the rector of St Matthews, Montreal, Holy Trinity, Langley, UK and Greengates, Bradford, UK. He became the professor of History and Sociology at Dordt College. See also

Christopher Hebden Taylor writes:

"E. L. Hebden Taylor was born in a mission station and registered at Katanga, Belgian Congo on July 25, 1925. My grandfather died at a young age in Switzerland while raising funds for the Congo Mission that he was on furlough from. My grandfather went to the mission field from Cambridge even when he was close to a medical degree he did not tarry but obeyed the Lord. He was with Willie Burton. My father spent time in the English boarding schools before WWII as Grandmother kept on in the Congo even after her husband had passed. Being the son of a single parent missionary there was no money so the Cambridge education seemed to be out of the question. Then along came WWII and my father enlisted in the Royal Navy. He spent time on a destroyer patrolling the North Sea as escort for resupply ships to Russia. After the war the English made a law that all servicemen would have their tuition paid by the government. My father being the scholar and blessed with a bright mind passed all exams and was admitted to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After graduating with honours he was off to Vancouver to work with the Hudson Bay Company. At the Anglican church he met my mother and they soon were wed. My father heard the call for the Anglican ministry and entered a seminary. Then with my mother headed off as a missionary to the people in the Yukon. From there they lived in Quebec and Ontario at numerous parishes before he decided to return to England in 1963. We went on the Empress of England and had to be on the lookout for Russian subs as the Cuban missile crisis was underway. In England we eventually were at St. John's Church in Greengates, Bradford, Yorkshire. The vicarage was a fine place to grow up. But father wrote some of the books you refer to and Dordt College of Sioux Center, Iowa offered him a professorship. So the family of 8 and the family dog headed off from Shannon Airport to Chicago and Sioux Falls. The family dog only came because the generous people of England gave us the money to buy Telka's fare. Thank you English people for your love of pets. I hope I can repay you someday by telling you of the Love of our Saviour Jesus for each of us. So in Iowa the Englishman and family found ourselves surrounded by Dutch Americans who were more Dutch than American. Father was always on Kingdom business whether calling long distance to his friends around the world or tapping away on the old typewritter whilst drinking his Tea. There are many stories of my father that could be told but the greatest story of all is his love for Jesus and the Kingdom of God. I have total respect for my father and the dedication he gave to God to do God's work in his life. So I pray the words of my father's books will bring greater knowledge leading to wisdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

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