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Elder Profile: Mel Priess

Mel Priess

Mel Priess

How long have you been a member of Wheaton Bible Church? Tell us why and how?

In 1985, my wife, Linda, and I moved to Wheaton from St. Louis, Missouri. A friend in St. Louis encouraged us to visit Wheaton Bible Church, so we did—our first week in Chicago. We knew instantly this was where God wanted us to worship.

How long have you been an Elder?

I am in the second year of my first three-year term.

Tell us about some memorable WBC experiences.

There are too many to count. We are so blessed here at WBC to have such talented, outstanding pastors and staff. The commitment and love our pastors and staff have for the people of WBC, our community, and the world beyond us is something I praise God for constantly.

The all-church baptism celebration in April was one of the most incredible services I have ever attended! I loved the worship and unity exhibited by the two arms of our church, the Spanish-speaking congregation and English-speaking congregation. We were one body coming together to glorify Jesus Christ. The praise and worship music along with powerful testimonies from some of those baptized made for an incredible evening of celebration.

I have had the privilege of discipling, mentoring, and being challenged by an outstanding group of young men from the Covenant Adult Class. For the last year and a half we have met weekly, learning and developing spiritual disciplines, memorizing God’s Word, and living out Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens
iron, so one person sharpens another.” I can’t wait to see how God uses each one of these young men for His Kingdom.

How and when did you accept Christ as your Savior?

I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior on Good Friday morning in 1976, when I was 18 years old. It’s a long story, but in a nutshell, I was living for myself, I was out of control, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I were to die right then, I would be going to hell. I confessed my sins, cried out to God to clean up my life, and asked Jesus Christ to become my Lord and Savior.

Favorite Scriptures Verses?

Hebrews 13:7: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” In my Bible next to this verse I have written out all the people God has brought into my life that have really impacted me for Jesus Christ.

James 1:2-4: “Consider it all joy my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know
that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you maybe mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Tell us about growing up. Where? Size of family? Parents?

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and was the oldest of three kids. My father was a vice president of a major department store, and my mom was a stay-at-home mom, very involved in the church doing Evangelism Explosion and women’s Bible studies.

Describe your family. How long have you been married? Do you have any children?

Linda and I have been married for 29 fantastic years. We have two awesome daughters. Courtney is 24-years-old and recently graduated from the University of Alabama. Ashley is 21 and a junior at Alabama.

Tell us something about you not many people know.

I spent 18 years in the apparel industry working in women’s fashions.

And what kind of work are you doing now?

I am currently the broker manager for a full-service residential/commercial real estate company.

If you could speak with each member of the congregation, what would you say or ask?

I would share Matthew 28:19. God says to each one of us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are called to be disciple makers, so I love the phrase each one reach one. I would ask each person, “Who has God put in your path for you to disciple?”

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