SOUL-dier for Christ
Mel Novak, a dedicated SOUL-dier for Christ, is an Ordained Minister called by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and salvation to the homeless on skid row and in prisons. (Matt. 25:34-40, Isaiah 58:6,7,10,11).
For the past 38 years, Mel has faithfully ministered on the streets of L.A., and in the chapel services at the Union Rescue Mission, Fred Jordan Mission, L.A. Mission and the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Mel has also ministered at prisons for 37 years, in penitentiaries from San Quentin and Pelican Bay in California, to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon.
I have done over 10,000 services and over 750,000 souls have accepted God’s precious gift of salvation through Grace, by receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or rededicating their lives (1 John 1:9). Jesus sets the captives free (Isaiah 61:1-3) and by his stripes they are healed (Isaiah 53:5) spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Although Mel believes that Christ heals more important things than bodies, he has personally experienced God’s miraculous healing power. As a child, Mel’s leg was saved from amputation through prayer. Years later, his throat was healed by the Lord after having ten failed surgeries in ten years. A serious injury to the eye, a torn cornea, was healed by the Lord only hours before surgery, During Easter of 1983, Mel was spared from death after serious hemorrhaging from surgery. On March 14, 1998, Mel almost died from peritonitis caused by an anti-inflammatory prescription. Again God spared Mel’s life. God healed Mel of prostate cancer in October of 2010 without chemo or radiation. Prayer Invades the impossible! Mel has had 28 surgeries. Mel has 50 inches of scar on his body and says “I should have died 7 times, but God had another plan for me.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
A native of Pittsburgh, Mel was an outstanding athlete in several sports. He passed up 60 football scholarship offers and signed a pro baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His career was cut short by a massive rotator cuff injury. Despite the pain and setback from his injury, Mel learned even more clearly “that God works all things together for the good of those who love him and for those called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Mel has starred or co-starred in 70 feature films. Mel is well known as “Stick” the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s “GAME OF DEATH”, Jim Kelly’s “BLACK BELT JONES”, Yul Brynner’s “THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR”, Steve McQueen’s “TOM HORN” and Chuck Norris’s ‘EYE FOR AN EYE”. Some of his recent starring roles are: “SYNDICATE SMASHER”, “TALE’S OF FRANKENSTEIN”, “NEMESIS 5”, “ETERNAL CODE”, “ASH & BONE”, “L.A. SHARK ATTACK”, “AN HOUR TO KILL”, “WHEN IT RINGS”, “FIGHT OR DIE”, “HOLY TERROR”, “SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE”, “CHECK POINT”, “ROBO WOMAN”, “TALES OF THE CAMPFIRE 3”, “BEAST BENEATH”, “EBOLA REX”, “ARACHNADO” AND “RATTLERS 2”.
Other starring roles Mel has done are “giANTS”, “POWER ELITE”, ‘SWAT: WARHEAD ONE”, “THUNDERKICK”, “VAMPIRE ASSASSIN”, “EXPERT WEAPON”, “SWORD OF HEAVEN”, “FORCE OF DARKNESS”, “FAMILY REUNION” and “CAPITAL PUNISHMENT”. Mel also did two movies with acclaimed Director Garry Marshall.
Having died 27 times on screen he says happily “I get what I deserve in the end. The LORD’s justice is very much like that.”
Mel has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Even through his testimony is powerful and thousands find Christ through his preaching and teaching, Mel insists he’s not the one doing the work. “I give God the honor, worship and glory.” Jesus Himself said, “No man can come to Me unless the Father first draws him.” (John 6:44). So I count it an honor and a privilege to be able to share my faith and lead lost souls to Christ. The Lord truly bless-es me as I serve Him in whatever way He leads. After all, Jesus Himself came to serve, not to be served. can we do less?(Matt. 20:28) I believe God designed my life’s message.
PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!