Elmer Mehl, Elder
Elmer was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. His mom and dad divorced when he was 12. He was raised by his grandparents.
At 19 he joined the USAF. He was a very troubled and insecure young man. As he was stationed at Lowry AFB Denver, Co. his emptiness became more and more apparent. It was then he heard the gospel and became a Christian. Through reading the scriptures, he began to grow in confidence and peace.
He was sent to Germany, where he was followed-up by the Navigators: a discipling organization that mentors new believers in the military. Elmer sensed the call of God on his life to train for the ministry. When his time was up, he entered Washington Bible College. He then became chaplain with the Good News Mission, a ministry to folks of all ages behind bars. It was at that time he became aware of his passion for the church, and he became a pastor of a small church in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. While there, he attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary. From there, he transferred to Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in Michigan and served churches in and around that state. After graduation, he was called to a church in Washington State.
There his wife, Peggy, became extremely ill and they returned to Northern Virginia. There he returned to his former occupation as a meat cutter, and served the Lord in local churches. His wife, Peggy, continued to have health complications and after surgery, she had a cardiac arrest with severe neurological deficits. Having made every human effort to place her in the hands of others, this plan became totally unacceptable. Elmer resigned his job and took full responsibility for the care of his precious wife, which lasted over 5 ½ years. God was extremely close to this couple and abundantly blessed them with His presence and provision. God is faithful. In February of 1999, the Lord took Peggy to be with Him.
The absence of Peggy by his side was extremely gut wrenching for Elmer, but God brought to him His comforting peace. That summer God brought another wonderful Christian sister into Elmer’s life, Ida. Both had lost their mates by death. It wasn’t long before their love blossomed, and they were married November 1999. Over the years, their love for each other has grown and matured. God has helped them overcome many differences through love and respect for each other, as they kept their focus on their Lord Jesus.
Elmer longs to be a part of a growing and maturing church effectively reaching out into the community of Culpeper to reach the populace with the gospel of Jesus and discipling new believers to be united by faith and practice. The goal being to glorify God.
Contact Elmer at Elmer.Mehl@mountainviewcc.net