Melissa came on staff at Word of Life in August 2022, as the Youth Ministries Administrative Coordinator. She was born and raised in Everson, WA with her parents and two siblings. She has always had a heart for the Lord and service. From a young age she was involved in the church choir, nursery and was a part of Teens for Christ. Her passions include missions, worship, and singing.  Other past ministries she has been involved with include Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Ministry Lead, Youth, Outreach and the Homeless Ministry.

Melissa met her husband George on a Christian dating site and they have a loving family that includes two boys and two girls. She and her husband are grandparents to 4 wonderful grandchildren. They also have a 3-year-old Black Lab named Bear.  Melissa loves doing family outings that can include hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fishing, kayaking and games at home. Melissa loves to travel and is always looking forward to a new adventure.

Melissa's favorite Bible verses, if she had to choose, would be these:

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 43: 1-3 – (1) But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. (2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (3) For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.