Get to Know us
Our passion at MEFC is to Love God, Love people and Point people to Christ. This comes from
The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
From the moment you enter the parking lot and enter into our church building, we pray that you feel cared for and welcomed. You can wear jeans, dresses or dress pants, shorts, even in the winter. We want you to dress comfortably and relax.
If you have young children, you are more than welcome to use our nursery, where infants and toddlers receive loving care in a clean and secure environment. Your children's safety is important to us. All of our Children's workers go through a background check and application process. You are also welcome to have children attend with you in the service.
Our style of worship leans toward more contemporary with some traditional elements as well.
We would love to have you come join us on a Sunday morning. Our Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:15am and our worship service begins at 10:30am.
If I have not met you yet, please look for me at church on Sunday morning. It would be great to connect and meet you.
- Pastor Nelson
Meet the Pastors
Pastor Nelson grew up in New England and Indianapolis while Susie grew up in southern California and northeast Texas. They met and married in the middle in Omaha, Nebraska, where Nelson served in the Air Force and Susie attended Bible College. They have been gifted 4 beautiful children and one son-in-law, all grown adults living within a 4-hour drive from Meriden!
God used the influence of a godly mother and the impact of Nelson's high school youth group leader to stir his heart towards full-time ministry. He began volunteering with his church's youth group in 1983 and for the last 29 years has served as youth/associate pastor in the Chicago area; Blair, NE; Rochester, NY and Dubuque, IA. He came to MEFC in 2021 as the interim pastor for 8 months. The Lord then sent him to a church in Sheldon, IA for 5 months before calling him back to serve MEFC as full-time pastor on February 1, 2023
Acts 20:28 sums up his heart for ministry. "So guard yourselves and God's people. Feed and shepherd God's flock - HIS church, purchased with his own blood - over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders."
Pastor Pete came to MEFC in 2014. He is married to Kimber, and they have five children. He grew up all over the Midwest and in Mongolia as a missionary kid. Pete married Kimber while attending Southwest Baptist University where he graduated with a youth ministry degree in 2006. He served part-time at Marshalltown EFC and full-time at Prairie Creek Church in Iowa working with teens and their families. Pete has a passion for reaching the next generation for Christ, and enjoys helping people make disciples who in turn make Jesus-like disciples.
Pastor Larry served faithly as our Senior Pastor for 27 years from 1989-2016. He is married to Sandy and they have four grown children. Pastor Larry continues to serve the Lord as our Pastor Emeritus, helping with visitation, leading our Missions team, and filling the pulpit as needed.
Point people to Christ!
As our mission states we want to love God and people and point people to our Savior Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the answer to the issues we face in our world. We are a church that takes The Word of God seriously, loves and preaches Jesus every Sunday and seeks to live this out in our relationship with Him and others. Our desire is for everyone God puts in our path to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ. We offer a variety of programs from Nursery though our senior adults. We are far from perfect but strive each day to become more and more like Christ, individually and as a church family.