I was born to a family that strived to be like Christ. Anytime the church doors were open, my family was there serving. As a child, I knew all of the Sunday School answers. I thought I was the greatest. When I was still very young, I asked my mom how to ask Jesus into my heart and have a relationship with him. I understood that I need Jesus to save me from my sin. I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized shortly after at First Baptist Church of Arnold.
My mom homeschooled me and my five siblings. As I look back on my time in school, I couldn’t be more thankful for my parent’s obedience to God in homeschooling us. We learned so much from God’s word daily that it sparked my interest in studying the Bible. As I entered into the youth group at Faith Baptist Church in Festus, my understanding of how sinful I am increased and I realized that I didn’t have a relationship with Christ. I committed myself to pursuing Christ in a relationship and following after him. I sensed God’s calling to ministry and my youth pastor poured into me to search out that calling and pursue it.
In the last few years God has changed my life in many different ways. The Gospel of Jesus became real and encouraging to me. I interned with Global Encounter Ministries for the last three years and met my beautiful bride to be. In December of 2016, I graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelors in Christian Ministry. God has used this time to open my eyes to the power of the gospel. The gospel is not just for the Church, but the church is to proclaim the gospel. I was to proclaim the gospel in everything I did.
God has continued to use me and bless me for His glory. Ashley and I are excited to serve and be used by God to further His kingdom.
Melissa was born in the state of Idaho but being a Pastor’s child moved to Missouri in 1989. Growing up in the ministry, she has always felt a call to serve the church, whether it was preaching like her Daddy or playing the piano like her Mommy. At a young age, she felt the call to music, but being a female, was discouraged by most that ministry was her true calling.
In the summer of 2000, she went on a teen camp with the youth of Fellowship First Baptist Church. It was there that God called her to live a life wholly devoted to Him. Feeling convicted that she needed to stop “playing church” every Sunday, she dedicated her heart and life to being completely devoted to God and to having a personal relationship with Him.
Meanwhile, she continued to pursue music, trusting that God would reveal his plan to her in His own time. She slowly began leading worship as an adult in youth services and at youth events. Eventually, windows of opportunity were opened and she soon found herself leading congregational services as a backup worship leader. It was then that she knew she was always called to be a worship leader, even though she had been told most of her life that it would never happen.
In January of 2012, Melissa became the official Worship Leader for Fellowship First Baptist Church. Her job not only consists of leading the church into Christ centered worship every Sunday morning and evening, but also to direct the church choir for special events and services. However, what she feels is most important is to teach people that worship is not simply a set of songs that are sung on a weekly basis while standing in a pew. Worship is a lifestyle; a daily commitment to show reverence and honor in everything we say and do to a holy and just God. This is the true act of worship.
Melissa and her husband have two very rambunctious boys that keep them busy when they aren’t serving at church.
Kris grew up in Arnold, Missouri and attended Starling Road Baptist Church as a child. She was saved and baptized at the age of 13. She has served in the church office for nine years and teaches first and second grade Sunday School. She enjoys the children and loves watching them grow and learn about Jesus. One of the things she loves about teaching children is their openness-you never know what you are going to hear!
Kris has two grown children, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law. She hopes for grandchildren to spoil some day; for now she has her golden doodle, Lola, to spoil.