Testimony of Pastor Malcolm Wild—Part 3 (OLD)

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He Has Done Great Things for Me: Testimony of Pastor Malcolm Wild—Part 3

Testimony by Malcolm Wild, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Merritt Island, FL
Photos courtesy of Malcolm Wild and CC Merritt Island

This is Part 3 of the three-part testimony of Senior Pastor Malcolm Wild of CC Merritt Island, FL. He has been pastor of the church for 36 years, supported by his wife Carol; it was the first Calvary Chapel in Florida. In this installment, Malcolm describes his call to pastor a church in Florida. To read Parts 1 and 2, click here.

 

A New Direction

Our musical group, Malcolm & Alwyn, which had been sharing the Gospel through music, broke up. I remember going to my friend Howard Davies’ house and asking him, “What will I do?” I didn’t see much future for one who played an autoharp.

God opened a door, and we were invited to work with youth in a beautiful village called Shaftsbury; so we sold our house and moved into a very lovely home that we had never seen before. I was also hired to organize the tours for Musical Gospel Outreach (MGO). I put tours together for Maranatha and bands from Calvary Chapel as they were coming to the United Kingdom now. I had the promise of support from MGO and the promise that we could live in this beautiful house.

However, I received a phone call one day from MGO that my support was running out and that I would no longer receive any money after March 31. I said, “OK.” Then, I received another phone call from the man who owned the house we were living in—he was sorry to advise that he was selling the house and we must move out by March 31. I said, “OK.” After the initial panic, I realized that this was too much of a coincidence and wondered, What is God doing?

 

Growing at CC Costa Mesa, CA

Long story short, I, my wife, and my children flew to America on March 31 to begin a new ministry with Calvary Chapel and Maranatha Music. I was invited to be a pastor for the Maranatha Musician’s Fellowship at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, CA, where I grew as a Bible teacher. I met some wonderful people there: Bob Bennett; Isaac Air Freight, a comedy group; and others whom I was able to disciple. I began to learn and to grow under the teaching of Pastor Chuck Smith and learned through his ministry what it meant to teach through the Bible.

I moved from Maranatha to become a pastor at CC Costa Mesa for seven and a half years. At first, when I heard Chuck teach five, sometimes 10, chapters of the Bible, I didn’t really think much of it, until I realized that all those listening had Bibles—and that the ones attending the Sunday night Bible study knew more about the Bible than I, a pastor on staff, did. At this time, I was being fed God’s Word and God began a tremendous work; yet the desire for evangelism never went away. Some guys in the Musician’s Fellowship asked me to join a band originally called Samuel, which later became known as Malcolm and the Mirrors.

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Malcolm & Alwyn recorded an album, “Red Alert,” specifically for their ministry in the UK. When they returned to the States, they were asked to change their rock and roll to worship. They became two bands. When in England, they were Malcolm and the Mirrors; and when in America, they were The Electric Praise Band.

Music Ministry in the UK & U.S.

We put the band together to go to the UK to evangelize to kids in the schools open to having us there. We would visit several schools, have an assembly, then have a concert later in the week. Hundreds of kids came to the Lord. One time, I shared the Gospel in a town called Rochdale, saying, “If any of you want to give your life to Christ, stand to your feet.” And they all stood up! I didn’t think they understood, so I asked them to sit back down, and I preached some more. That time nearly all stood up again. It was a very powerful time, and hundreds came to know Jesus Christ.

We recorded an album, “Red Alert,” specifically for our ministry in the UK. When we returned to the States, we were asked to play our songs at Calvary Chapels, but our songs were rock and roll and not really for Christians, and I asked the band about playing worship songs instead. So, we led worship with a rock and roll band. God blessed our music, and we became two bands. When we were in England, we were Malcolm and the Mirrors; and when we were in America, we were known as The Electric Praise Band. Then God called me to Florida.

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Margot please help with caption. Malcolm with friends or the men that have influenced Malcolm's life (that is how Len aptly explained the photo). This is what I got from Len: Left to right, Alwyn Wall, Malcolm, Pastor Chuck Smith, and Pastor George Yeomans who first led Malcolm to Christ in 1968. Photo taken in 1999.

A Call to Florida

I had been at CC Costa Mesa for over seven years, and I was walking by an office door one day when a guy said to me, “Hey, Malcolm, come over here. These people need a pastor." I responded, “I’m not going anywhere.” I was reluctant to take the phone, but on the other end was a man by the name of Charlie Carroll, an elder of a church in Merritt Island, FL, known as Cornerstone. He had gotten saved at a Maranatha Movie Night at CC Costa Mesa and was calling because his church needed a pastor.

I explained that we were happy in California and involved in a Musician’s Fellowship. Then, he asked if I liked water, if I liked fishing. Fishing? Being very carnal, I thought, I’ve never been to Florida. I could go for the weekend and preach, maybe do some fishing. I agreed to go, but God busted me. He said, “Don’t you dare go down there for a good time; those people are looking for a pastor.” I was convicted as I didn’t want to go. We liked California, and it would be hard to take my family to a place where they didn’t know anyone. But I came with an open mind and preached.

The elders liked me, talked with me, and asked me to send for my wife. I shared with Carol that I was beginning to wonder if God was calling us here and asked her to pray and see what God said to her. She prayed, and two times God gave her Scriptures with the word cornerstone in them. When I returned to Costa Mesa, no one knew where I had been; one of the young pastors said to me, “Hey, man, I had a dream that you went to pastor a church in Florida.” So, we agreed to come, and once again, for the third time, my wife moved into a house that she had never seen before.

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Pastor Malcolm enjoys fellowship with some of the pastors in attendance at the 2019 East Africa Calvary Chapel Pastors’ Conference in Uganda.

Directed by the Lord

God has done great things. Over the years, there have been difficulties. I have made some mistakes, like holding a beach concert that some weren’t very pleased with, or appearing on a local TV station for a live question/answer session, only to receive negative comments about my hair. But we have been here now for 36 years, and I have had the privilege of being the pastor to what I believe to be the best flock in the whole world. I have a great family and am proud of all my children and grandchildren. We were the first Calvary Chapel in Florida, and we are so blessed. God has done great things for me!

I want to leave you with a couple of my life verses, found in Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. That is my life—God has directed my steps. Sometimes, he had to get me to a place where I thought I was doing one thing and ended up doing another. This has happened on several occasions, but I trust in Him. I try not to figure it out with my own understanding but try to trust Him with my whole heart. I try to acknowledge Him in all my ways because He promises that when we do that, He will direct our steps. My life has been directed by God, and it’s been glorious.

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Pastor Malcolm still uses his musical gift as he leads worship at the "Reopen Service", May 17, 2020.

 

All verses above are quoted from the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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