Today is Sabbath, Mar 17, 2018
Melashenko is director-speaker for the Voice of Prophecy, the world's second
oldest religious broadcast, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2004.
He began working with the radio ministry in January 1989, serving as
announcer while continuing as senior pastor of the 1400-member Paradise,
California, Seventh-day Adventist Church. He
was associate director-speaker from May 1991 through December 1992, and upon the
retirement of H. M. S. Richards Jr. became director-speaker on January 1, 1993.
Melashenko has presented several evangelistic series by satellite -- from Cebu
City, Philippines in 2006 for the Pacific Rim countries; from Columbia, South
Carolina in 2003 for North America; and from Lusaka, Zambia in 2003 for all of
Africa. The Zambia event was viewed
by 1,000,000 persons at 2,000 downlink sites, and the Philippines meetings were
seen in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and North America.
satellite events, Pastor Melashenko has presented evangelistic series since 2001
in Caracas, Venezuela; the Cayman Islands; Los Angeles; Miami; and Bismarck,
North Dakota. The common theme for
all his evangelistic messages is that understanding prophecy provides the
security and peace that people seek amidst today's crises.
Voice of Prophecy Speaks" evangelistic series is available on DVD, video,
and cassette. The messages are also
archived as text, audio, and video at the website www.prophecyspeaks.com.
In 2001 the
Voice of Prophecy launched "The Voice to the World," a new strategy of
global evangelism, comprised of three parts: Plant the Word (setting up Bible
Schools in countries where there are none); Preach the Word (evangelistic
meetings around the world); and Preserve the Word (following up persons who make
decisions through broadcasts and Bible studies).
The new global project builds on a decade of Voice of Prophecy evangelism
by Pastor and Mrs. Melashenko in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, and the Philippines.
Fifty years of Voice of Prophecy
ministry in the Philippines were commemorated in 1996 with Target 50,000 --
which achieved the goal of 50,000 baptisms following evangelistic meetings held
by pastors, students, and others from the Philippines, the United States,
Canada, and a dozen other countries. Pastor
and Mrs. Melashenko participated in reaping rallies throughout the country
Brazil '93, Pastor and Mrs. Melashenko and the North American VOP team joined
the Brazilian VOP to present rallies throughout South America's largest country. Audiences ranged from 4,000 to 30,000 in arenas, stadiums,
and public gymnasiums. By the end
of Brazil '93, half a million persons graduated from VOP Bible courses and more
than 25,000 were baptized.
Mrs. Melashenko also held an evangelistic series in Perm, Russia during 1993.
The 75 members of the host church personally distributed more than
100,000 handbills. Double sessions were held to accommodate the crowds, and more
than 500 persons were baptized as a result of the series.
meetings in Borislav, Ukraine, resulted in the first Adventist church in that
city. Jeannie says, "Meeting
precious people from the former USSR, learning of their oppression, yet
unshakable faith in God, changed my life."
Voice of Prophecy History
The Voice of
Prophecy was begun in 1929 by H. M. S. Richards on one Los Angeles radio station
and is now aired either weekends or daily on 400 stations in North America, on
shortwave worldwide, and on the Internet as audio-on-demand and podcasting at
the VOP website www.vop.com Pastor Melashenko's
teaching telecast airs on the Hope Channel, 3ABN, and Safe TV.
Overseas, programs in dozens of languages are aired by more than 1,000
radio stations, including shortwave facilities whose signals reach nearly every
also utilizes Bible lessons to proclaim the good news that Christ will soon
return. The Bible Correspondence
School at VOP headquarters was established a month after the radio broadcast
went coast-to-coast in 1942.
operated Discover Bible Schools have been established at 2,400 churches across
North America. The Discover Bible
Guides are available in printed form and also on the Internet (www.discoveronline.org).
The Focus on Prophecy lessons present the prophecies of Daniel and
world, Bible courses in 66 languages and dialects are offered by 127 affiliated
schools. One of the newest is the
reopened office in Havana, Cuba. Pastor
Melashenko was present in July 1994 for the dedication and presentation of
diplomas to the first 600 graduates.
this decade include not only planting a new Bible School in every country that
does not have one, but also translating and printing the Discover Guides in all
the world's major languages.
Pastor Melashenko's Education and Career
Melashenko was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and was only a year old when he
first came to the VOP. His father,
Joe, was bass in the King's Heralds quartet and an instructor in the Bible
School from 1948 to 1950.
Lonnie graduated from Highland View
Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland. He
received his bachelor of arts degree in theology from La Sierra University.
In August 1967, just prior to his senior year at La Sierra, Lonnie married
Jeannie Jones, a native of Frederick, Maryland.
receiving a master of divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological
Seminary at Andrews University, Lonnie was assigned to the Vallejo Drive
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale, California, as an associate pastor.
In 1972, he was appointed pastor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in
Camarillo, where the 350-seat sanctuary was built during his tenure.
He was ordained during a camp meeting at Lynwood, California, in 1974.
Melashenko joined the It Is Written telecast staff in 1977, serving as associate
director-speaker until 1981. His
responsibilities included coordinating and directing Revelation Seminars with
George and Nellie Vandeman. In
1980, he helped coordinate the launch of "Prayer Alert," a telecast
segment which featured stories of answered prayer and changed lives.
In 1981, he accepted the position of
senior pastor at the Paradise Adventist Church, where he adapted the worship
service into a radio program, "Sounds of Praise."
He also served on the boards of Feather River Hospital and the Chico
Exchange Club for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Northern California.
Melashenko's recent book, What the Bible Says About, presents study outlines on
31 Bible topics along with a Bible marking plan. Among the books he has co-authored are The Joy of Jesus,
Parables for a New Millennium, Galactic News From Three Angels, Walking With
Angels, Stand at the Cross, Your Most Radical Decision, In the Presence of
Angels, Sex: The Myth and the Magic, An Insider's Guide to the Kingdom, A Kid
Named Joe, More Than Amazing Grace and Popcorn, the Pearly Gates, and Other
Kernels of Truth.
have taken him to many states and provinces in North America, as well as Mexico,
Bermuda, Brazil, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong,
Singapore, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Russia, Ukraine,
Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Zambia.
Melashenko has hosted or narrated a variety of video productions, and has
appeared on It Is Written and Lifestyle Magazine telecasts.
In 1990, he was the television anchor for the first live telecasts of the
General Conference in session. He
was also the host anchor for the 1995 General Conference session telecast live
by satellite from Utrecht, Holland.
Melashenko, his parents, and his four brothers have presented gospel concerts
across the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda. They
have also been featured on television and radio.
Their recent CDs include Generations, Step Into the Water, Brothers in
Song (Lonnie and Joedy), and Keep Holding On (Lonnie and Jeannie, Joedy and
Judy). The family's most recent video,
God's Leading Through the Generations, a musical docu-drama, received
Hollywood's "Golden Halo" Award.
Their previous videos were Melashenko Family Singers--Live From Arizona
Camp Meeting, which included 23 members of the Joe Melashenko family, and A
Melashenko Family Christmas. Previous
Chapel Records albums were The Happy Home (1964) and The Melashenko Family