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Rev. John L. Belser, Pastor
First Baptist Church Melrose Park
Melrose Park, IL
Rev. John L. Belser is a native of Maywood, Illinois. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 5 years old at First Baptist Church of Melrose Park, Illinois and was baptized by the late Rev. Harry McNelty. He served as musician for the Church for over 32 years. He also served in a variety of other capacities throughout the Church including choir member, Sunday School teacher, New Member Counselor, reading tutor, Minister of Music, to name a few.
Rev. Belser formally accepted his calling to the Gospel Ministry in 1985. He was later licensed and ordained in 1988, serving as associate minister for 17 years under Pastor McNelty. Rev. Belser has undergraduate and graduate degrees and has continued his education and training through further studies at Elmhurst College, Chicago Baptist Institute, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute. He is in frequent demand as guest preacher in and around Chicago as well as across the nation.
Rev. Belser became the eighth pastor of First Baptist Church in 2002. During his tenure, First Baptist has grown spiritually, numerically, and financially. The church was re-incorporated and many new ministries and outreaches have been instituted.
Rev. Belser and his wife Lady Kimberly are the proud parents of four children.