Mel Svendsen

Pastor Mel loves serving as a pastor.  He felt God calling him into ministry as a young man and is passionate about communicating the truth of God’s Word, whether it’s at church on Sunday morning or with  someone he meets at the corner market.   Mel completed his Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) as well as substantial work toward his Doctorate at the same school.   He has over 30 years in ministry experience that has helped to shape and change his life.  By God’s grace, he has served at ‘Peoples Church’ in Toronto, Canada, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Essex Fells, N.J. and for 12 years was the Senior Vice President of Student Life at Trinity International University/TEDS in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Riverview, Pastor Mel was the Senior Pastor of  a church he planted called Harvest Bible Chapel in Lake Zurich, Illinois.  In less than 10 years, this church plant grew from 200 to over 1300 people on Sunday mornings. Mel and his wife Barbara met and were married in Germany and now have six children: Joelle, Brieanna, Mandy, Caden, Brady and Capri.  The family is enjoying their newfound friends and church family here at Riverview and in the Fallbrook/Bonsall community.  Pastor Mel loves telling people about Jesus Christ and teaching God’s Word in creative, practical ways.  You’ll find him after every service standing by the doors of the church greeting people and getting to know them by name.