Most common Melissa-ism: too early…need coffee
Where did you grow up? Right here in the big town of Shippensburg. Honestly, I had to move away for 9 years before I really learned to appreciate it.
Spouse and kids? Yes. Oh, did you want more info on them? Scott is my husband; my coffee boy with Spidey-sense #poorscott. Then we have 3 daughters. Ally the freakishly awesome at everything, Mia the sweet and jovial wrapped with wit, and then there’s First Lady Avery, ruler of all; you might want to make friends with her first.
Where did you go to school? I have a BA in Bible and Theology from Nazarene Bible College.
What are your favorite sports teams? Greyhounds!
Favorite food? Spicy
What is your favorite Scripture? “Jesus wept”. It’s short and easy to memorize. But honestly, contextually, it’s revealing of who He is.
What is your life’s message in 5 words or less? Hello?! I’m a preacher, I can’t answer that in 5 words or less!
Why did you go into ministry? Because “No, Lord” is an oxymoron. And quite honestly, a life of disobedience is a life of hell.
Most mysterious thing about God? His deep love for humanity.
What is your favorite attribute of God? His Mercy or His Sovereignty- Depends on which one I need more in the moment
What is your favorite book you’ve read recently? The Shack and The Great Divorce are my all time favorites.
What are your passions? Discussions on theology any time in the afternoon while sipping coffee, conquering shame through living in a new identity, teaching, and fun stuff like camp fires, camping, and watching chick flicks and LOTR. Oh, and I Facebook quite well.
Most common Chumpy-ism: “This is why we can’t have nice things!”
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD
Spouse and kids? I am married to my high school sweetheart, Sandy – my amazing teammate in life. We have two kids, Katie & Micah, who keep us busy and laughing.
Where did you go to school? I went to the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) for Architecture. Later on, when I began pursuing a call to ministry, I earned my MDiv degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
What are your favorite sports teams? I love the Chicago Bears, and Maryland Basketball. I like the Baltimore Orioles, but am not terribly into baseball.
Favorite food? Free food. Or… probably burgers. It’s what I’ll wind up ordering if I can’t decide what to get.
What is your favorite Scripture? Paul’s final charge to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:11-21.
What is your life’s message in 5 words or less? Trust God; Love other people.
Why did you go into ministry? Because I felt that God called me to. In fact, I tried to tell Him he had the wrong guy, but He disagreed with me.
Most mysterious thing about God? The Trinity.
What is your favorite attribute of God? His all-pervading Love.
What is your favorite book you’ve read recently? Generally speaking, I read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong by Brene’ Brown this year, and these are both amazing books. Spiritually speaking, CS Lewis’ The Problem of Pain. For enjoyment, probably the Martian by Andy Weir or I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly. Here is what I’ve been reading if you are interested.
What are your passions? I love camping, music, and conversation that makes you exercise your brain and challenges you. I love helping people. I also love helping them apply what is in the Bible to their life, and helping them live up to the life that God has for them. AND, I love marching bands.