Married to an Episcopal priest, Melissa grew up in the church and has served in children’s and youth ministries in a number of denominations since 1997 as a paid staff person and volunteer in small and large churches in Philadelphia, New York City, and Connecticut. Melissa enjoys speaking at retreats and workshops for clergy, church leaders, volunteers, parents, and youth. She has authored curricula and numerous articles with Group Publishing, and is a guest blogger for a number of online blog sites. She’s currently working on her first book project. Melissa and her husband, Mike, live with their two daughters and a son: Talie, Kiersten, and Peyton, all who are over the age of ten! She loves to read, and she’s particularly fond of giraffes and the color orange.