I was born in 1960 in Seattle Washington, the youngest of 4 boys. My parents are Bob and Shirley Meharry. In 1975 we moved to Texas and I went to Valley Grande Academy my sophomore and junior years. There I came to accept and know Jesus as my personal Savior and began to have a desire to be a pastor to help others come to know Jesus as a friend.
In 1977 we moved to Wisconsin. Instead of going to Wisconsin Academy, I applied and was accepted at Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) and enrolled in the Theology program. In 1979 I transferred to Pacific Union College and graduated from there in 1981.
On December 30, 1979 I married Joan Jensen in Redding, California. Joan graduated from Southern Adventist University with a nursing degree in 1978. Our son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Rachel Meharry, live in Peabody, Massachusetts. Our daughter, Cherie Meharry, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Places I have served as a Pastor:
Wisconsin Conference for 12 years from 1984 – 1996.
Indiana Conference for 16 years from 1996 - 2012 (Also Health Ministries Director for last 8 years)
Upper Columbia Conference from 2012 - Present
As a pastor, I have a passion to help people grow in their understanding of God’s love and grace so they are motivated by love to serve Him. The following is a favorite passage that has led to this passion:“The love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians, 15
Early on in my life I tried hard to be a good Christian so I could go to heaven. It looked good on the outside, but it was still a selfish motivation. After I understood the truth that led Paul to be motivated by love, I was truly able to begin living for the glory of God, rather than for myself.
Finding Security in Christ enabled me to begin to grow into maturity in Christ.
For me, a simple definition of maturity is loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind and our neighbor as ourselves Matthew 22:37-39). The key to being able to do this is loving others as Jesus has loved us. (John). Paul prayed that we might know how deep, wide, high and long God’s love is so that we would want to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be open to all that He wants to do in us, for us, and through us (Ephesians 3:14-20; Romans 8:4; Galatians ,23).
When we have security in Christ, being part of a church family becomes a wonderful place to learn:
- To freely give and receive love
- To freely forgive and be forgiven
- To be honest without fear of rejection
- To speak the truth in love so that we can all grow into maturity
- To work together to share the everlasting gospel with others in the community
- To patiently love and care for those who are being drawn to Jesus and to help them experience security in Christ so they can also grow into a mature disciple who desires to lead others to Jesus.
Finding security in Christ has enabled me to experience assurance of salvation while at the same time hold high Biblical standards of righteousness. It has enabled me to have inner peace while I am in the process of growing into maturity, rather than fall back into the cycle of addiction:
Guilt à Shame à Pain à Unhealthy pain reliever à Guilt . . .
With a desire to share the good news with others, the Lord impressed me to write the following materials:
The Compelling Love of God Bible Studies
Growing into Maturity By Finding Security in Christ
A Love Letter From Jesus, (Pocket Signs Track)
Viewing the World from God's Perspective:
Understanding Daniel and Revelation in the Light of the Gospel
- 05/13/2015 AM - The Everlasting Love Of God
- 04/08/2015 AM - The Counterfeit Worship
- 03/11/2015 AM - Preaching The Everlasting Gospel
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