Melissa grew up in a Christian home with her father a pastor and her mother a teacher at Northwest Christian Schools. Thus, godly parents, teachers, and friends have always been a vital part of Melissa’s life and spiritual development. Melissa began attending Fourth’s junior high youth group where she dedicated her life to advancing the gospel of Christ.
Melissa met her future husband, Dan, while attending Northwest Christian High School. After graduating, she worked several summers at Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center, where she further developed her heart for people through hospitality and service. Although Melissa has a bachelor’s in Business Management from Whitworth University, she spent the foundational years at home nurturing their four daughters, Emily, Faith, Abigail and Lillian.
Melissa somehow manages to take her very full hospitality ministry and people skills outside her home walls to serve her church family. Melissa oversees the children's ministry at Fourth. Any free time Melissa has is spent loving her family and friends with passion and enthusiasm.