Pastor Clyde Bruce Melton

July 13, 1936 - September 8, 2017

Pastor Bruce was born the first of three sons to Clyde and Orpah Melton on July 13, 1936, in Mangum, Oklahoma. When he was seventeen, he entered full-time ministry - first as a music minister and then as a pastor. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and later earned doctorates from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University. Over his lifetime, he was also instrumental in founding Baptist Bible College West in California, and he taught ministerial courses and music both there and at Baptist Bible College. After retiring from his final pastorate of 28 years at Central Baptist Church in Huntington Beach, he and his wife moved to Enid, where they were members of Graceway Baptist Church.

He is survived by Nelda, his wife of 59 years; his brother, Van; his daughters and sons-in-law, Julie, Jennie and Kevin Strope, Joy and Darrell Venham, and Mandie and Craig Bruyn; and his four grandchildren Lauren, Kyle, Molly, and Gray. One grandson, Aaron, preceded him in death.

We thank God for the life of Pastor Bruce Melton. Even as we grieve with his beloved family, we rejoice over his legacy. Dr. Bruce Melton was a preacher of the gospel, a pastor for the local church and a champion for the next generation of Christian leaders. He trusted young men and made them into pastors and missionaries.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. We are grateful for the eternal difference he made for so many of us. We love you, Pastor Melton! 

-Pastor Bruce Garner