Melissa came to a relationship with Jesus as her Savior at 9 years old. Coming from an unloving home, she would slip out on Sunday morning to attend a local church. One Sunday morning she was the only child in the class when an adult told the teacher to “put her into another class since it’s just one child”. The teacher sweetly put her arm around Melissa and said “No, this is who God has sent for me to love today.” The teacher had no idea of her home life and those words and actions have stayed with Melissa her entire life. “Just one child” has been her attitude working with children since she started in Children’s Ministry when she was 16 years old.
Melissa married her high school sweetheart, Craig in 1982. They had 3 children and pastored a church for 10 years. Then in 2002 they felt led to become foster parents and fostered for several years. God blessed their family and they were able to add 3 more babies to their clan who are the joy of their lives and keep them young and active! In 2007 their little “Prince Allen” ran into the arms of Jesus when he was 5 years old. They felt God walking beside them and at times carrying them through their dark valley leaning on the statement…”Lord, we don’t understand, but we trust you”.
Melissa and Craig are very involved in the church and consider the children’s ministry both of their ministry. They believe that God calls both spouses into a ministry together and they are so enjoying this adventure in ministry.