Reverend Dr. Ronald Liles Taliaferro
Reverend Dr. Ronald L. Taliaferro affectionately called “Pastor T”, was born August 16, 1954, to the Late Joan Taliaferro Wiggins. He is one of seven children. Pastor “T” married the former Karen Austin of Philadelphia, PA, on September 13, 1980. They are the parents of five children – William Austin of Harrisburg Pa. Robert Austin of Ephrata Pa. Ronald Nathaniel Taliaferro of Jacksonville Fla. Faith C. Taliaferro of Southern Pines North Carolina, and The Late Mark Austin of Lancaster; ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Pastor “T” is a 1972 high school graduate of the Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, Pa. He received a Bachelor of Theology Divinity Degree from the Philadelphia Bible College of Divinity in 1990. He has received a Master’sDegree in Theology and a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the National School of Theology, Dover, DE. Pastor Taliaferro received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the National School of Theology, in 2010.
For the past 43 years, Pastor “T” has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age of 12, and was called to preach the Gospel in 1977. He received his license to preach the Word of God in 1979 under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Charles Walker and the 19th Street Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA. Pastor “T” was ordained in 1983 under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Louis Butcher, Jr. and the Bright Side Baptist Church, Lancaster PA .His pastoral leadership work began on the campus of Millersville University, Millersville Pa. in 1983 as he led the Black Campus Ministries program with the Late Professor Hazel Jackson. That same year, Pastor “T” accepted the pastorate call of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, York PA, where he remained for 13 years.Pastor “T” became pastor of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA, in 2004.Pastor “T” has also served as Minister of Music numerous churches including Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, Pa., St. Paul Baptist Church in Conshohocken Pa., Bright Side Baptist Church, Lancaster Pa., Macedonia Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Pa. and was Minister of Music andAssociate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church in North Hill PA. and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Jackson Hamlet North Carolina under the leadership of Dr. Elgett Floyd
While a resident of Pennsylvania, Pastor “T”, was active with local and state NAACP,serving as Past 3rd Vice President of the State NAACP, on the Executive Board of the Harrisburg NAACP, and past President of the Lancaster Branch. He established a Capital Campaign program to support the Building Fund and defray mortgage on church property at the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in York Pa. Pastor “T” served as Moderator for the Central Baptist Association (Harrisburg, Steelton & Carlisle Regions) and is a former Chairman of the city-wide Revival for the Interdenominational Ministers Conference (IMC) of Harrisburg. He served as Chaplain for the Harrisburg City Police and the Lancaster City Police and Fire Departments. Pastor was host of the radio program “The Gospel Train” on WJTL 90.3 for over 25 years!
The Lord now brings his leadership in the Ministry to Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church as Senior Pastor.Pastor “T” is a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Jackson-Hamlet NC, where his pastor is Rev. Dr.Elgett Floyd.
For 25 years, Pastor “T” worked for the Lancaster School District in Lancaster, Pa., as an Outreach worker and Assistant Choir Director for the J.P. McCaskey Gospel Choir. He also worked for the Harrisburg School District at Camp Curtain Academy and Harrisburg High School. Currently, Dr. T is working for the Moore County School District at Pinecrest High School as an Assistant Teacher and Substitute Teacher.
Pastor “T”’s Vision is to fulfill the Great Commission; to work the work of Him who has sent us, while it is day because the night is coming when no man can work and to reach outside these walls to reach out to the lost. His favorite song is “No, Not One!” His favorite scripture is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).