Nancy Elizabeth Seal Pryor was born in Long Beach, CA, on November 12, 1952. She was the second child of Bill and Betty Seal, educators in Long Beach. Her childhood was utterly happy, full of family, activities and wonderful summer vacations in the Sierras. Nancy was as secure and as happy as a child could be. She graduated from Long Beach Wilson High School where she was involved in a variety of activities.
She attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture. It was while she was there, during her freshman year that her drafting lab partner, Ken Borgert, shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with Nancy and she trusted Christ to be her Savior and invited the Lord Jesus into her life. From that moment, nothing was ever the same again.
It was through her active involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) on campus that she grew in her relationship with the Lord, developed a heart for ministry to others, and for the world. It was also how she met her eventual husband, Dan Pryor, when they were both twenty years old. The next year they were married and shared a calling into full-time Christian ministry. They joined the staff of Cru in 1975 and went to Bolivia. There, they started the first special education school in Bolivia, and trained Bolivian teachers to be special education teachers. They were also involved in university evangelism and discipleship there. After returning to the USA, Dan and Nancy moved into the heart of East Los Angeles and spent the rest of their lives equipping and empowering hundreds of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking churches throughout the inner city of Los Angeles. Even though Dan moved on to pastor Plymouth Church in Whittier in 2003, Nancy continued her ministry to the urban churches of Los Angeles for the rest of her life, with great effectiveness.
In 1979, Nancy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and despite the debilitating effects of that disease she continued to serve the Lord faithfully all the days of her life. Beginning in 1991, while continuing her ministry in Los Angeles, Nancy became an integral part of the International School Project, another ministry of Cru. She began reaching out to public school teachers around the world and ministered extensively in Russia, Mongolia, Guatemala, and Honduras, and other nations. Her outgoing spirit, cross-cultural skills, and love for all people allowed her to have a great impact in many lives around the world. She never stopped going to the world to tell of the saving grace of God in Christ. First, she would use a cane, then her walker, and finally her wheelchair. Nancy was simply unstoppable. In spite of her advancing MS and fourth-stage lung cancer she made her final journey to Mongolia this July to celebrate twenty years of ministry in a country where the Gospel had rarely been preached before 1990. She is beloved by many Mongolians and people the world over.
In addition, she was a perfect pastors wife, a full partner with Dan in pastoral ministry. She taught, mentored, made disciples, and encouraged hundreds of women at Plymouth Church Whittier for the past fifteen years.
Nancy was the mother of three sons, Andrew, Jonathan, and David the joy of her life sons of whom she was so proud. They gave her three magnificent daughters-in-love Alyson, Jane and Lori and ten precious grandchildren, whom she loved with all of her heart.
Nancy fought lung cancer at the City of Hope for twenty-one months after her diagnosis. For her, it became another mission field. She never stopped telling everyone who would listen about the love of God for them in Christ. She passed into the life that God promised her on September 11, 2018.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 2:00pm at Plymouth Christian Church, Whittier. A private interment will take place at a later date at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo.
As a lasting tribute to Nancys love and work in Mongolia, the Pryor family asks that donations be made in Nancys memory to Mongolia Campus Crusade for Christ at MongoliaCru, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222.