On November 16th Ben Merold answered one final call from Jesus, the call to come home. Our prayers are with Pat, their family and loved ones.
Ben Merold, of Saint Charles, Missouri, walked into the Glory of the Lord on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at the age of 96. Loving husband of 73 years to Pat Merold; beloved son of the late Phyllis and Carl Merold; devoted father of the late Mike Merold, Mark (the late Elaine) Merold, the late Joe Merold, Vanda Yorks, and Eleanor (Arlen) Pope; dear father-in-law of Linda Merold and Cindi (Kirk) Marshall; cherished grandfather of Josh (Amy) Merold, Matt (Kelli) Merold, Joseph F. Merold, Catherine Merold, Trenton Yorks, Tammy (Greg) Tucker, Susan (Wes) Heaton, and the late Jay Pope; treasured great-grandfather of Elizabeth Merold, Caleb Merold, William Merold, Harrison Merold, Benjamin Merold, Jaxson Merold, Mia Merold, Hayden Merold, and Jayden Merold; brother of Carlene Merold; and dear brother-in-law of Judy (the late Ward) Behrens, David (Patti) Bock, Danny Bock, and the late Jimmy Bock (survived by Terri).
Ben attended Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, TN and Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, IL. He met his wife on the campus at Johnson and they were soon married. Their love for God and each other carried through to their children, grandchildren, and now their great-grandchildren. Ben and Pat did everything together and were pretty much inseparable. Wherever they went, they were always hand in hand. Ben’s family meant the world to him, and he loved spending time with them.
As an incredible man of faith, Ben loved preaching the Word wherever he went. He believed in people, and he was kind and always uplifting others. He carried a wide influence among other church leaders, however he never took advantage of his authority. Ben was wise and many looked to him for his amazing gift of Biblical insight. He worked as pastor for many churches over his career, which included Assumption, IL, Villa Grove, IL, Sullivan, IN for 13 years, Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton, CA for 22 years, and then Harvester Christian Church for 17 years as Lead Pastor and “Minister at Large” for 14 years. Ben also received 3 honorary doctorate degrees, and he served as a professor at Kentucky Christian University and Lincoln Christian University. In honor of Ben, Harvester Christian Church established the Merold Institute in 2014.
Ben proudly served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Memorial contributions may be made in Ben’s name to Harvester Christian Church
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV
NACC 2014 Message
One of Ben’s great messages to the whole of the body of Christ, the Church, large and small, old and young, was at the North American Christian Convention in 2014. This message serves as a succinct compilation of some of Ben’s most important teaching, encouragement and exhortation to lead people to find and follow Jesus at any age, in any place.
The following are a few thoughts on Ben and the legacy he leaves: