|Melissa is wife, mother of 3 little lovelies under 4, and lead pastor at Graceworks Baptist Church. Born in Bradford, Melissa committed her life to Christ and following His lead at a young age. Melissa graduated from McMaster University with a B.A Honours in Linguistics and English, and went on to complete a Masters of Linguistics and Exegesis (MLE) and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from the Canadian Baptist Seminary (ACTS Seminaries) in Langley, BC. After living 5 years in the “Fort”, Fort Langley, BC, and traveling to Guatemala and Rwanda, she returned to Ontario, married her husband, and became an ordained minister with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.
Melissa loves the journey of faith and the discovery of Jesus. She seeks to passionately love Jesus and compassionately love his people. She loves worshiping the Trinity, preaching the Good News, and teaching disciples of all ages to hear His voice and do what He says. Melissa loves being surprised by God and the ways the Holy Spirit weaves people and situations and conversations. She is amazed how grace is based on nothing we have done, but rather entirely on what Jesus has done on the cross. She is often envisioning new ways to love, invite, and challenge disciples of all ages.
Melissa loves engaging in deep conversations, playing with her kids, drinking great coffee (once a Canadian Barista Championship competitor), tending to her garden, and helping her husband reconstruct their 1850 home in Paris.