Born in Denver, Colorado on June 5th, 1958

Departed on September 25th, 2019 and resided in Denver, CO

  • Memorial Service: First Southern Baptist Church of Northglenn
    Saturday October 5th, 2019

John David Talbert, pastor, lover of Jesus and native Denverite, was delivered from his diseased body by Jesus on September 25, 2019 at the age of 61.

John is survived by his sister, Marilyn Talbert and mother Mary Louise Talbert.  He is predeceased by his Father, Gerald Allan Talbert and grandparents Belle and Leo McNerney and Louise Talbert.

John was born in Denver on June 5, 1958 to Mary Louise and Jerry Talbert. He graduated from Kent Denver school in 1977, Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1981 with a degree in Business. After college John attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where he received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1983 and a PhD in Preaching in 1989.

Following seminary, John was called in 1989 to pastor First Southern Baptist Church in Northglenn, Colorado. He remained the pastor of this north Denver congregation until 2016. Though the 27 years of pastoring this church, John’s heart was in serving Jesus through evangelism, Preaching the Word faithfully, and investing his life in the lives of his congregation. John’s ministry in this community expanded as he welcomed 3 thriving mission congregations into the FSBC Northglenn family: New Generation Community Church, Korean Comfort Baptist Church, and Iglesia Bautista de Torre Fuerte.

John was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2010. After receiving 8 rounds of chemotherapy, John underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2016. The Allogenic transplant was successful and John improved with immune suppressing drugs until June 4, 2017 when he was diagnosed with a Mantle Cell Lymphoma brain tumor in his cerebellum. On his birthday, June 5, John had a 7 hour brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. 14 rounds of radiation followed to remove the remainder of the tumor. In the years leading to his death in 2019, John embraced life – rebounding once again from infections, complications of graft vs host disease and debilitating drug reactions. He loved the forum of daily blogging to continue to share the word of God to those that chose to read his daily posts. Many were blessed as he encouraged his readers to find comfort and help in Jesus as he had done. John always said that the gift of cancer allowed him to encourage a wider group of people through his blog.

John was the best big brother to his sister Marilyn and caring son to his mother, Mary Louise. John was an avid Broncos fan, golf fanatic and most of all lover of expository preaching which incorporates a careful exegesis of the passage in it’s original context. John is celebrating his freedom from pain and suffering in the presence of Jesus as we remember him in this memorial service at First Southern Baptist Church of Northglenn, on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Guestbook Entries

Kathie Crockett

What a dear, wonderful, smart, funny, wise man John was. I am honored to have known him. His impact on those around him will continue.

October 4th, 2019 at 8:25am
Dr. Phil Largent

John and I were brought by the Lord to minister in the Denver metro area in 1989. The Lord granted fellowship between us founded on the Lord Jesus Christ and mutual commitment to honoring God’s infallible Word. I found John a potent encourager. He faithfully pointed me to Christ and to God’s Word. I came to strongly believe John experienced a real and deep intimacy with Christ which radiated our through the ministry of God’s own Holy Spirit. 

October 4th, 2019 at 8:35am
Bill Wise

John’s life was anchored in his faith and an example to all. God bless Marilyn and Mary Louise as they grieve.

October 4th, 2019 at 9:44am
Bill Howeth

He was an inspiration to me and my wife Debra through his long battle. I remember after his first bout we got to see him at the church and he was in remission and doing so well. He is a warrio9r not only through the bodily battle but in the Godly sense always willing to talk to anyone about Jesus. While we mourn his passing, we have the privilege of celebrating his life.

October 4th, 2019 at 9:46am
Kathy Griffin

John was a wonderful Pastor, friend and Councilor. He helped me work through many rough times in my life. He was an encouraging man. He will be missed.

October 4th, 2019 at 10:26am
Helen Bolt

He performed our marriage vows and at one time everyone started laughing.i didn’t understand why until I saw the wedding pictures. I was cheering after the ceremony while we were still upfront and John was making a hand sign over my head. He was so much fun.

October 4th, 2019 at 10:53am
Scott Goodman

A great friend and man of God. He will be missed.

October 4th, 2019 at 11:25am
Dorothy Danford

John you will be missed, but we celebrate your life and faithfulness.♥️

October 4th, 2019 at 11:47am
With love, Leota Webb

Bob and I knew the Talbert family from the time John and Marilyn were young children. The family was very special to us in many ways. The oI miss John. I miss his blog writings.  

October 4th, 2019 at 12:01pm
Ilamarques Morais

John was an honored man. His heart was devoted to the Kingdom of God. I was blessed through his life, and I will be always grateful for his kindness, gentleness, and compassion toward the needs of others.

October 4th, 2019 at 2:12pm
Val & Jane Ford

We know that John heard the words “well done good and faithful servant” when he entered heaven’s gates.  John was an inspiration in so many ways to everyone who knew him and he will be missed.  We feel so priviledged to have known John, Marilyn and Mary Louise through the years.  What wonderful memories we have.    

October 4th, 2019 at 3:49pm
Barbara Rappenecker

I agree with my Mom best preacher I ever heard preach. Such a great man of God. So glad he is no longer suffering.

October 4th, 2019 at 5:38pm
Melissa Lund

John was not only a great Pastor but an awesom friend and listener. Any time you had a problem he was there with open arms. I will never forget how much he loved Gods church and all of us in it. I will miss you Pastor.

October 4th, 2019 at 9:17pm
Pam & Josh Arends

I have known Pastor John since youth ministry, such a blessing to have been baptized by him and an honor that he married my husband and I. We had so many years of fun memories made at FSBCN and he will be missed dearly. He was the best Pastor ever. He was so strong through his battle and continued his strong faith through it all. Prayers and love to the family. You will be missed so much Pastor John.

October 5th, 2019 at 3:37am
Cindy Ferrari

I have so many memories of John. First as a great teacher and preacher. He took a genuine interest in people and what was going on with them and was always open to trying something new. We celebrate his like and the privilege of having known him. He will be missed.

October 5th, 2019 at 6:42am
Andy Hornbaker Jr

The best christian I have ever known. Love you John.

October 5th, 2019 at 8:37am
Ronnie Johnson

A wonderful warrior for the KING….a neat, caring Voice only the Divine could have constructed…..a true saint I look forward to just rattling with in heaven.

October 8th, 2019 at 4:32pm
John Mocon

A wise teacher, great pastor, an inspiration to me.

October 30th, 2019 at 12:06am
Larry and Paula Haataja

Marilyn and Mary Louise –
John was a dear, dear friend during our years at Northglenn. We have prayed for him through the years of his illness and rejoiced that he shared Jesus even through his pain. Continued prayers for you that God’s grace would cover you daily.

October 31st, 2019 at 6:23pm
Denise Poole

Marilyn, Bart and I just heard of John Talbert passing today. I am so sad to hear this. Our heart and prayers go out to you. I have been on and off FB, my mom had been sick with Alzheimer’s and passed mid Oct. We had services for her today. I am so sorry we were not with you to say goodbye and support you. We loved John. If you need anything at all please let us know.

November 14th, 2019 at 3:21pm
Sally Ann Minard

We are sorry to hear of John’s passing. He married us at First Baptist Church of Northglenn, Colorado on April 3, 2005.
John told me I was his first deaf church member and that, he was so very willingly to help me, making sure I understood his every sermons. Oh, my, John did the best he could to make sure I was comfortable and to ask him with any questions I had.
John was an awesome minister, always making sure I understand Christ our Lord.
We thank you for your wonderful service to the Lord.
Ivan and Sally ann

November 29th, 2019 at 10:53pm
Sally Ann Minard

Praying for John’s family and his herd at the First Baptist Church of Northglenn, Colorado.
May God comfort his family and friends who knew and loved him.l

November 29th, 2019 at 10:56pm
Deborah Ray

I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful pastor and I enjoyed his sermons immensely. Because of him my niece is now a pastor in Wisconsin. Well done good and faithful servant. May God bless and comfort his family.

December 17th, 2019 at 6:29pm
Missie Aberle

Pastor John’s sermons and love for God inspired my family; Grace Ray, Deb Ray and myself many Sunday mornings. John’s sermons encourage us to live life with Christ as the center. I think his teaching led me onto a path to seminary and now I am a Minister for youth in Minnesota and Wisconsin. John will always have a place in our hearts. Sorry your battle with your health was so devastating. You will be missed and thanks for being the salt and light we all needed in this lifetime. Peace be with you.

December 17th, 2019 at 8:46pm

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