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Greetings in the name of Christ! I am your newly appointed pastor, Rev. Dr.
David Melvin. My family and I look forward to getting to know you all and helping lead
Mossville UMC into fruitful ministry. Although it is difficult for us to leave our current
church and home, we trust that God is leading us where he wants us to be. We hope
that in Mossville we can find a warm and loving community that we can settle into for
My wife, Kendra, and I are originally from small town southern Illinois. I grew up
in Du Quoin, and Kendra is from Sparta. We spent many years in the St. Louis area and
came to think of it as “home,” even as we moved around to far away places like Texas
and Ohio. We have been married for 15 years in July, and we have two boys, Malachi
(11) and Josiah (9), and a girl, Eleanor, due to arrive in the next few weeks. We also
have an energetic yellow dog named Lily and a mostly-lazy-but-occasionally-playful
cat named Rey.
I come from a professional academic background, and Kendra was a social
worker for most of the past 12 years. For the past 8 years I have taught religious
studies at numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio,
and Texas. I received my Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Baylor University, my M.Div.
from Eden Theological Seminary, my M.A. in Jewish Studies from Washington
University in St. Louis, and my B.A. in Biblical Studies/Biblical Languages from Evangel
University. But alongside my academic career, I have always served in some form of
ministry. I worked as a youth/young adults minister for 6 years during and after
graduate school, before moving into pastoral ministry three years ago. My first
pastorate was in Shipman and Dorchester, IL, where I served for two years. For the
past year I have served as pastor (part-time) in Steeleville and Percy, IL, while I taught
full-time at a local Christian college. While I never intended to spend only one year
here, an unfortunate change in circumstances with my academic career necessitated a
move. In short, the college where I served as a full-time professor is closing as a result
of a severe financial and administrative crisis. But this isn’t really a “plan B.” Over the
past three years, I have gradually come to sense that God is calling me to use my
education and gifts more directly in the church. I am now shifting my primary focus
from academia to local church ministry, although I do hope to always keep at least a
toe in academia.
As a former Bible professor, my pastoral work has a very strong focus on biblical
teaching, discipleship, and Christian education. My sermons are down to earth enough
to keep most people interested, yet deep enough to make even those who know the
Bible well feel like they are learning something. I find that my background as a
professor gives me a very unique style and perspective that sets me apart from most
pastors. I am experienced and comfortable with both traditional and contemporary
worship, and my desire is to incorporate the best of both worlds—to translate the
legacy of 2,000 years of Christian tradition into forms that speak to people today. At
the same time, I find that it is often helpful to create some intentional dissonance with
contemporary culture by retrieving ancient practices that break us out of our 21st
On a more personal note, my biggest interest outside ministry and academics
over the past few years has been karate. Malachi, Josiah, and I began taking karate
classes about 3 years ago, and we really enjoy it. I am about to test for my black belt,
and the boys are about to test for their brown belts. We are also all big St. Louis
Cardinals fans, so let me apologize in advance to any Cubs fans in the church for all of
the jabs I will work into my sermons. I’m a very good photographer, when I bother to
use my fancy DSLR instead of my iPhone. My favorite subject is lightning and other
severe weather. When I was in high school I was an amateur storm chaser, and I still do
it on occasion, though not as avidly as I once did. But I also take photos of landscapes
and people (I refuse to pay professionals for family portraits, because mine are at least
as good). We travel a lot, partly because we have moved around the country several
times, and partly because part of my work as a biblical scholar and professor has
included speaking at conferences around the country and internationally. I have also
been fortunate enough to participate in an archaeological excavation in Israel and also
to spend a summer studying Hebrew in Israel (both of which I managed to get
someone else to pay for).
As for the rest, I will leave it to meeting you all face to face in July and the
months and years to come.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. David P. Melvin