MEET PASTOR TERRY DELANEY
“He told me I was going to hell and I laughed at him.”
That’s how Terry responded to a naval officer who asked him about his faith while serving in the army. Two years later the tragedy of 9/11 would send him to the Bible again where he realized that he didn’t understand anything that he was reading. Roughly a month later at a revival with a friend, Terry accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.
On September 15, 2019, Terry was called to be the Associate Pastor of Missions and Pastoral Care here at FBCTLH. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Terry Delaney is the husband of Krista and the father of five children; three boys and two girls. Austin(15), Isaac(13), and Nathan(11) are the boys and the oldest of the five. The girls are Sarah(10) and Carolyn(9).
A lost bet and a phone call brought Terry and Krista together. Soon afterward, they would marry, in April of 2002. Terry says of Krista, “She deserves a Purple Heart. She has graciously followed me wherever the Lord has taken us.” Currently, Terry and his family are patiently waiting and trusting God to complete their full transition to Florida. While he is here in Tallahassee, the rest of his family waits in Mexico, Missouri, for the house they own to sell.
A CULTURE OF MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM
When you meet Terry, you immediately get a feeling that he’s a little different than other pastors you might know. Is it the handlebar mustache? Is it the affinity of fountain pens (he has over 100)? Those are just surface-level observations. If you spend some time with Terry, you’ll learn it’s his warm and inviting nature. A fitting personality for a pastor of missions and pastoral care. “We want to be more intentional with pastoral care, and more available,” says Terry of his plans for the future. He also desires to elevate the thinking of missions from the “sending out” of a few to the work of the entire church.
READERS ARE LEADERS
The owner of a large theological library, Terry not only enjoys reading books but also writing book reviews. He has published over 1,100 book reviews and published them online. Unfortunately this past June his website was hacked, and his reviews were erased and lost. He hopes to resurrect his review website again someday with all the original reviews that were lost.