Meet Melissa

I am a Christian, first and foremost - that is my identity. Secondary descriptions include woman, single, and teacher. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History from Judson College, and a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. My thesis project was writing a book entitled, "Redeemed Womanhood for the Unmarried Woman." I currently serve in women's, youth, and counseling ministries at Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach, Florida, where I have been a member for more than a decade.

I write African history curriculum for The Rafiki Foundation and serve as an Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Counseling at The Master's College. Previously, I was a teacher at Riverbend Academy, a Classical Christian school in Florida, during which time I developed a course on biblical womanhood for the high school ladies.

I have always loved reading and writing, but in the last couple of years, the Lord has finally granted me opportunities to combine my love for both disciplines with my practical experience in teaching and ministry. I write periodically for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as well as provide some writing and editing support for my church leaders.

I am passionate about teaching young women how to know and understand God's Word in a way that equips them to respond rightly to the hard providences and difficult challenges they may face. I also have a heart for missions, having served overseas on a number of occasions, even living for a summer in South Africa, teaching English to Congolese refugees using Bible-based curriculum.

My favorite earthly role is "Auntie Mel" to the many children God has placed in my life through the precious friendships He has granted me. Watching dear friends marry and establish families, and inviting me to be a part of their lives, has been one of my greatest joys. I still pray for a husband and children, but am grateful to God for the flexible lifestyle He has sovereignly given me during this season, allowing me the opportunity to be useful for His kingdom in such a variety of ways.

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