UMobile’s Cecil Taylor retires, but his mission, ministry continuescomment (0)
November 7, 2013
When Cecil Taylor retired in summer 2013 from the University of Mobile (UMobile), the former School of Christian Studies dean knew his mission hadn’t ended. There was still work to be done — the Lord’s work.
His June 30 retirement marked the end of one chapter of service and the opening of new missions fields for the founder/director of the school’s University Missions program. Cecil and wife, Reeda, a 2010 UMobile graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing, will use their talents to serve God based out of their new home near family in Marshall, Texas.
The couple has looked toward this day for many years. Reeda Taylor earned her nursing degree at UMobile specifically in order to do medical missions when her husband retired.
Missions work has always been a passion for Cecil Taylor — one he passed on to students.
“I’ve come to think the Lord planted me … at the University of Mobile so I could plant missions here,” Taylor said.
He started the University Missions program in the summer of 1992 when he led the first team of five students to Esmaraldas, Brazil, to help build a chapel.
Since then, University Missions has raised funds and sent teams to build 21 chapels for Baptist missions congregations in Brazil “from foundation to finish.”
The 2013 University Missions Report tells a cumulative “by the numbers” story of influence. From 1992 to 2013, University Missions has:
Formed, trained and sent 132 teams;
Involved 1,624 people;
Gone to 49 nations;
Raised more than $4.4 million, including team expenses, construction funds, building supplies and gifts-in-kind;
Recorded 13,143 first-time professions of faith, plus many others uncounted;
Created an experience that led more than a dozen churches and associations in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida to begin their own missions programs; and
Planted a heart for missions in too many people to number.
When Taylor announced his retirement, the accolades poured in. Among them was a letter from Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
It read, in part: “Like one of my favorite biblical characters, Barnabas, Dr. Taylor is a true minister of encouragement. … Cecil and his family will be remembered by Alabama Baptists for his ministry
of encouragement among us.”
Parker Windle, a 2004 graduate who is youth pastor at Emmanuel International Church of Paris, said, “Two things happened when I was at Mobile. I started to love God’s Word and I developed a heart for the nations. Dr. Taylor was one of the main reasons both happened.”
Doug Wilson, current dean of the School of Christian Ministries, said, “Only eternity will tell how many students [Dr. Taylor] touched to answer God’s call to missions and ministry.”
To keep in touch with Taylor, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.