Melissa was born and raised right here in Hendersonville, TN and has been a member of First Baptist since she was 7 years old. This was the time that she asked Jesus to come into her life and was baptized, but never imagined that God would bring her back to serve on staff in her hometown. She graduated from Union University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Christian Studies. Throughout college she was very involved in Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, MO which led to a full time ministry position, in 2005, as the Girl’s Director for K-Life OKC in Oklahoma. Throughout this time God began to grow a passion in Melissa’s heart for middle school and high school girls. In 2010 she came on staff as the Girls Ministry coordinator and has since been able to oversee volunteers, discipleship/mentoring, and missions within the High School Ministry.