Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 7, 2013

New president of World Missionary Press started off in IT

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— NEW PARIS — Harold Mack has been sitting in the president’s seat at World Missionary Press for three weeks after being elected for the position.

He’s been the director of global distribution and director of information technology during his 19 years of service with WMP.

“My education is computer science and I was looking for a job in the ministry to use my skills when we lived in southeastern Pennsylvania. WMP saw my resume and contacted me,” Mack said. “I was touched and my wife was touched. We felt God wanted us here. Everyone gets the same hourly wage (at WMP) and at first, we didn’t think we could make ends meet. We have never lacked for anything in 19 years and that’s very much faith-building.”

World Missionary Press has produced and sent Scripture booklets around the world at no charge for 52 years.

“God has provided for us all that time,” Mack said.

They’ve printed approximately 9 million Scripture booklets per month in 341 languages and distributed to more than 200 countries and islands during those years. The ministry has 46 full-time and part-time employees with 1,000 volunteers to keep the costs of production down to the average of less than 4 cents a booklet and sent anywhere in the world, Mack said.

“I’m very excited and enthused to be a part of very special ministry sharing his word with so many people,” Harold said. “He’s (God) really been growing the company. Property next door came available and the money came in and we didn’t’ have to borrow any. He’s doing all these things to enable us to grow. We’ve had the highest fiscal year in our history.”

He shared the greatest need that the ministry has right now is more volunteers. The volunteers help keep costs down by packing booklets into boxes for shipping.

“As production has increased, the need of volunteers has increased,” he said. “The volunteers get excited as they pack the booklets.”

His successor, Jay Benson, died Jan. 5 after serving almost 25 years as WMP president, he added.

“After Jay passed away, God started on me and showed me I could rely on Him to be president. He confirmed his calling in many different ways and was preparing me to do this,” Mack said. “Jay asked me in 2011 if I would consider to be considered to replace him someday. It’s a very rewarding place to work and I believe God has placed us all together. This is a very interdenominational place and we all get along because we have the same goal. We try live out God’s command that we love each other. We have chapel everyday with the staff to pray and encourage each other.”

During his 19 years with WMP, Mack has traveled to approximately 50 countries, with a trip typically lasting three weeks.

“I love to travel and that’s a highlight of my work,” he said, smiling.

His wife, Marie, has been the treasurer for seven years and prior to that worked in the finance department at WMP. Their son, Stephen, also works as a full-time video-editing person and makes other creative projects for the ministry. For more information on WMP, visit their website at www.wmpress.org or call 574-831-2111.

Just the facts

- Name: Harold E. Mack

- Age: 58

- Hometown: I was born in Ohio but grew up in San Diego, Calif., and moved to Pennsylvania in 1990

- Current town: New Paris

- Married and how long: Marie, married for 30 years

- Children: Stephen, 24, graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake

- Education: Bachelor’s degree in applied physics and information science; master’s degree in computer science

- Hobbies and interests: “Prayer and Bible study are of utmost importance to me. I pray all the time. I ready the Bible daily. Outside of working together with my wife at WMP, we do yard work and gardening together, such as digging up old plants and planting new plants.”