Melissa is a bi-vocational Christian pastor who leads Resonate Church in addition to working as UUCP’s office manager. Before entering the ministry, she taught writing composition and literature courses at Bradley University after earning her MA in English there. In addition to being an ordained pastor, she is also a Certified Spiritual Director, who enjoys leading retreats and walking alongside people on their spiritual journeys.
When she is not working, Melissa loves spending time with her family. She has been married to Mark for 26 years, and they have two sons: Noah, 22, and Elijah, 17. She also enjoys writing poetry and fiction, hiking in the woods, traveling to new places, and curling up with a good book—especially a mystery. (She has an obsessive love for the original Sherlock Holmes stories.)