James and Melody Wartian

Idolatry is no mere lapse but a heresy, a mistaken view of how things are.

- Kenneth Leech

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, James is our new Operations Director. Helping reorganize and run the administrative operations, James’ desire is to see MEi continue to grow, train, and place staff worldwide.

James grew up in a missions minded family attending churches that deeply believed in missions. He attended three schools (Word of Life, Moody Bible, and Dallas Seminary) that all had a very strong emphasis on missions. So, he had plenty of preparation for his role as missions pastor two churches over the last 25 years. James loves to see global workers encouraged in Christ and thrive in their ministry and believes Ministry Essentials is positioned to have an even greater impact as it grows in staff and influence.

Melody, his wife, also has a passion for missions. She currently is focused on homeschooling their son, Andrew, and will play an active role as together they support, encourage and minister to MEi staff and global workers around the world.