Terry Lyman Burch

September 18, 1930 ~ August 5, 2021 (age 90)


Rev. Terry Lyman Burch

The Rev Dr. Terry L. Burch passed away peacefully at his home on August 5, 2021.  He was born in Alton, Illinois on September 18, 1930.  Educated at Washington University in St. Louis, University of Pennsylvania and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served two pastorates in New Jersey.

In 1964 he joined the staff of the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board, the pension board for American Baptist Churches. As an area representative, Regional Director and Associate Executive Director, he advised pastors about their medical and retirement benefits. He became a Certified Financial Planner.  The American Baptist Seminary of the West awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws and letters in 1987. 

Retiring in 1994, he and his wife moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek.  They enjoyed many trips together and were active members of the Shell Ridge Community Church.

He is survived by the love of his life of 66 years, Elizabeth, his three daughters Mollie Peters, Sarah Sullivan and Mary Gousev along with his grandson Alexander Gousev and granddaughter Shannon Sullivan. He will be laid to rest in the Garden of Peace at Oakmont Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Contra Costa Food Bank, Winter Break for Kids c/o Shell Ridge Community Church, or a charity of your choice.


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