Melissa grew up in Nebraska, loving God and her family. When she was 10 years old a missionary from Africa visited her church asking for someone to join his family there. At that point, God planted something in her heart for the nations. She has since joined YWAM and been on her missions journey with her husband and three daughters, serving in YWAM since 1999. Previous to that, she worked as a nurse in a local hospital. She loves discipling both her children and others. Recently, her family spent three years in Cambodia, serving in the area of community health development. She looks forward to serving in the Primary Health Care School, helping to launch others into ministry they feel God is leading them to.