Monday, December 8, 2008


Many of you have asked how you can make a donation in Prentice's honor.  As you know, he spent his life preaching and promoting Christian education.  There are two scholarships in his name, one at ACU and one at Lipscomb University, for students who are investing their lives in preaching the Word -- Prentice's passion.  We would be honored by your contribution to a cause that was so close to Prentice's heart.  Click on the following links for more information:

Lipscomb University

Prentice A. Meador, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Abilene Christian University

Prentice and Barbara Meador Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Ministry

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Celebration Online

You can now view the Celebration of Prentice's Life online from any computer. Please share his story by forwarding this:

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Prentice Meador

Preacher – Teacher – Mentor – Counselor – Friend

Brother – Husband – Dad – Poppy


Prentice was a passionate teacher, telling students the Story of Jesus.  He was a gifted communicator who saw teaching as an avenue through which lives of young people could be touched and transformed.  He did it well.

He was an influential preaching minister serving large churches in California, Illinois, Missouri, Washington, Tennessee and Texas for more than 40 years. But his ministry was not always in churches; sometimes it was on the campus of a major state university, on a nationally syndicated television show or in the hostile environment of Rostov-on-Don, Russia.  Wherever God called him, he took the message of Christ and ministered to those who were there.

Prentice was a wise member of the Lipscomb University and Abilene Christian University Boards of Trustees.  He cared deeply about the work of Christian education.  He was perceptive about the unique work of each school, was enthusiastic about each school’s potential and provided wisdom as he brought counsel to them both.

He was a change agent who never stopped seeking and listening to God’s will for his life.  He was on fire for Jesus Christ.

After his love for his Savior came his love for his family:  Prentice was a big brother and confidante to his sister, Linda; a devoted husband to his wife, Barbara, who was his partner in life and the wind beneath his wings.  He was the proud father of Lori Ann, Mark, and Kimberly and loved their spouses, Scott, Shelli, and Doug, as his own children.  And he was absolutely crazy about his grandkids:  Hayden, Palmer, Cole, Chase, Baker, Carson, Hampton, Sutton, Rees, and Madison. 

Today, we celebrate his life!  

Friday, November 28, 2008

Saturday's Webcast

Please monitor the homepage of Lipscomb University for the webcast of Saturday's service at

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I know many of you have been praying for our family the last few days and wondering how we are doing.  It's hard -- really hard.  Unless you've walked this path before, words can't explain how deep and raw and fresh the grief is.  It's like being on a roller coaster.  There are moments of calm and clarity -- God has given us those, especially when decisions are being made.  Then there are times when a memory or a picture or a blog comment can cause the waves of grief to hit us hard and strong.  We are resting in verses such as these:

Isaiah 40:28-31 

Do you not know? 

Have you not heard? 

The LORD is the everlasting God, 

the Creator of the ends of the earth. 

He will not grow tired or weary, 

and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary 

and increases the power of the weak.

but those who hope in the LORD 

will renew their strength. 

They will soar on wings like eagles; 

they will run and not grow weary, 

they will walk and not be faint.

Matthew 11:28-29 

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

I know you all are heartbroken along with us and may be wondering why God didn't answer the prayer that so many of us were begging him to answer:  Please heal Prentice!  

A few weeks ago after Prentice's sermon on intercessory prayer, an older lady from our congregation whose son had lost his battle with cancer approached Prentice.  She asked him if maybe she just hadn't prayed hard enough because He hadn't seemed to have heard her.  At lunch that day, I asked Prentice, "What did you say to her?"  I wish I could remember the conversation word for word and I know I won't do it justice, but he explained that while there may be more, he was aware of three ways in which God works his will:  personal, earthly, and eternal.  What might be our answer to a personal prayer does not exactly affect the earthly realm, such as "Please sell our house."  Then there are those prayers that may not seem like they've been answered personally, but their effect is in the earthly or eternal realm, like "Please heal Prentice."   Personally, we didn't get the answer we desired.  But we can already see the effect this has had in the earthly realm.  And who can even imagine the effect this is having in the eternal realm.  

God hurts with us, but His purpose right here, right now may have been bigger than our personal pain.  In one brief moment, anyone who has ever been affected or touched by Prentice is thinking about him right now.  Please use this for His glory.  As boldly as Prentice shared Jesus with all of us, let that fuel you to tell even one person about Him.  Use the story of Prentice as your icebreaker.  Do not linger in sadness but proclaim Jesus in his honor.  

Acts 4:29-31 

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

We prayed, our house has been shaken.  So go out into this world, filled with the Holy Spirit, and speak His word boldly.  That's what Prentice would want.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Celebration of Prentice's Life

Visitation for Prentice will be Friday, Nov. 28 from 3-6 p.m. in the Doris Swang Chapel located in the Ezell Center at Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951.
A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in Collins Alumni Auditorium, Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951.

Here's a link for directions to the Lipscomb campus: and the campus map  

To read a tribute from Lipscomb University, go to 

To read a tribute from Abilene Christian University, go to 

Notes of encouragement may be sent to the Meadors at P.O. Box 158706, Nashville, TN 37215. 

In lieu of flowers, information about donations to a memorial scholarship will be provided soon.

The funeral home is 
660 Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 383-4754

November 25, 2008

At 6:08 a.m. this morning, surrounded by his wife, all of his children and their spouses, his sister, brother- and sister-in-law, and cousins, Prentice finished the race and crossed the finish line into the arms of Jesus, where he was greeted, no doubt, by his mother and dad.

This is the moment he has lived his whole life for and we were so blessed to have had these last couple of days with him.

Pray for Barbara as she grieves the loss of her husband of 48 years.

We will update when we know more about arrangements.

Praise God for a life well-lived in His service. We love you, Prentice/Dad/Poppy!!

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