2 TIMOTHY 4:1-5

"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."

David McElwain

David McElwain


David was born in National City (San Diego), California. His family moved to Santa Cruz, California near the end of his sophomore year of high school. He attended Cabrillo Junior College until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.

While stationed in Wiesbaden, West Germany, he was converted to Christ during a Gospel meeting for the military. It was there that David decided he wanted to be a preacher of the Word of God. After being discharged from the Air Force, he enrolled at Harding University. David graduated in 1974 with a bachelor degree in Bible and received a master degree from Harding School of Theology 1976. Later, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Amridge University in Montgomery, Alabama in 2006.

Brother David has preached in Baltimore, Maryland; Sparta, Illinois; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Godfrey, Illinois; Malden, Missouri and filled in at several churches in Mississippi while teaching New Testament courses at Magnolia Bible College. He has been with the Downtown congregation since May 2010. He is involved with "According to the Scriptures", a half-hour television program that airs in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and on the Gospel Broadcasting Network.

While at Wiesbaden, Germany, David met Patricia Dismuke at church. They married in 1971 in Belleville, Illinois. They have two grown children, Meredith and Alan, living in Springfield, Missouri.