Meet Our Regional Leaders: Ken Mellinger
Two weeks ago the Northeast Regional Assembly of Elders made the unanimous decision to form a new region known as the Lower Great Lakes Region. The formation of this region includes churches in Indiana, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, upstate New York, and Toronto, Ontario. This new region not only reduces the Northeast Region to a more manageable size, but also helps us be more effective in gospel mission.
This week the elders in this new region overwhelmingly affirmed Ken Mellinger as their Regional Leader. Ken is not only the Sr. Pastor of Living Hope Church in Harrisburg, PA, but he also serves on the Sovereign Grace Executive Committee. We asked Ken to tell you more about himself, the church he pastors, and this new region. As you’ll read below, Ken is not new to Sovereign Grace and he brings years of experience into the Regional Leader role.
What local church do you pastor? Living Hope Church in Harrisburg, PA.
How long have you been a pastor? I’ve served Living Hope full-time since September 1990. So this past September marked 24 years in ministry.
How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace? Beth and I are happy to call Crossway Church in Millersville, PA, our home church. Crossway, as I recall, was the fourth church to join Sovereign Grace when the ministry formed in 1984. Before that, we enjoyed having C.J. Mahaney come to Lancaster to speak to our small church in our small home (though I was not a leader). We go back pretty far with Sovereign Grace and that has been to our benefit.
Which churches are in your region? Community of Grace, Williamsville, New York (Senior Pastor: Rob Saathoff), Covenant of Grace Church, Copley, Ohio (Senior Pastor: Jace Hudson), Living Hope Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Senior Pastor: Ken Mellinger), Sovereign Grace Church Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Senior Pastor: Tim Kerr), Sovereign Grace Church, Bellbrook, Ohio (Senior Pastor: Steve Bice), The Chapel, Indianapolis, Indiana (Senior Pastor: Randy Worland).
What is your vision for your region? We aim to proclaim Jesus Christ to everyone to present everyone mature in Him (Colossians 1:28). In the Lower Great Lakes Region we will, by God’s grace, plant and strengthen local churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ in a relational context. To that end we will equip, support, refresh, and care for pastors and their wives as they graciously and joyfully serve their churches. Our shared partnership is not optional but essential as we point others to Jesus.
What are the pastors in your region excited about? Our pastors are excited about serving their churches. I’m grateful that our pastors are not serving under compulsion or reluctance. They are also enthusiastic about our new region because our mission to plant and strengthen churches is best accomplished by a team (or region) of churches. Happily, above all, they are excited about Jesus!
Mark Prater is the Executive Director for Sovereign Grace and serves as an elder at Covenant Fellowship Church. He and his wife, Jill, have three married daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.