Mel came to GFA in March of 2017, as a GFA parent. She had homeschooled her 2 children for 7 years. Before that, she worked in various administrative positions including banking, church operations, and a Chaplain’s Assistant in the US Navy. She has tried fun jobs such as DJ’ing for a Christian radio station and fighting wildfires for the BLM. She is a country girl, that has the heart to serve and love others!! She and her husband Ben have been involved in many different ministries over the past 18 years. Currently, they serve as pastors at Awaken Church in Nampa, and she also helps Ben run Idaho Seamless Gutter, a company they founded in 2017. They have been happily married for 15 years, and have 3 children; Caleb 13, Gracie, 10, and Josiah (who is in Heaven with his “other Father” that has full-time custody ????). Goals on her bucket list include: learning to play the drums, learning to play the banjo, retiring somewhere with palm trees, and beating her husband at a barrel race with her on her horse, and him on his dirtbike. She loves GFA and can’t wait to walk with your kiddos through this next season of their lives!!