Mitch Mundy 1953-2003
Mitch Mundy, the narrator at the premiere of Susanna and the Elders in 1979, was one of the best friends I ever had. Mitch went home to be with the Lord February 20, 2003. I mourn his loss, I do not mourn for him: he is now having the time of his life in the presence of Jesus.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mitch spent his formative years in Trussville, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, majoring in History, but Mitch's heart was in ministry. He was ordained at Sulpher Springs Baptist Church in Trussville; and eventually, he and his wife, Cindy, went into full time ministry with Worldwide Discipleship Association, a Christian college ministry. From this ministry developed the original Covenant Community Church of Knoxville, TN. Mitch accepted an invitation to pastor this fledgling church. My family were members of this church from 1984 until our move to Malone College in 1997. Later, Covenant Community Church merged with Grace Church. Mitch continued on as the pastor of the new Grace Community Church. He resigned from Grace in August 2001 to pursue graduate study in counseling at Columbia International University in South Carolina.
In South Carolina, Mitch regularly attended International Friendship Ministries meetings on Friday nights. IFM is a group that ministers to international students at USC. Out of these meetings, Mitch volunteered to lead a Bible study for Asian graduate students. He was really excited about his ministry with these Asian students and vowed to begin learning Mandarin Chinese. What excited him the most was his vision for ministry, which included a Christian Cruise ship that would go from port to port picking up missionaries worldwide and ministering to them. Having been in ministry for so long, one of his chief ambitions was to counsel missionaries and pastors.
Mitch leaves behind a great legacy of numerous changed lives touched by his easy going, humorous personality and deeply caring heart.