ABOUT THIS EPISODE: Melissa is passionate about getting creative in youth ministry and inspiring youth and youth directors to do the same. In this episode she talks about a new initiative where students can “choose their own adventure” in student leadership courses that apply to them. As a bonus, we talk about how BOTH Melissa and Heather got kicked out of church as young people!
ABOUT MELISSA: Rev. Melissa Collier Gepford is the Intergenerational Discipleship Coordinator of the Great Plains Conference (all of Kansas and Nebraska), where she supports United Methodist Churches to establish healthy kids and youth ministries. She teaches, consults, and writes curriculum, articles, and books distributed worldwide through the United Methodist denomination; a couple of her projects have been translated into Spanish and Korean. Her most recent endeavor has been creating Dandelion Marketplace, a digital platform for progressive faith formation resources. Melissa enjoys drinking good coffee, working out, and testing her semi-green thumb. She has been married to Bill for nearly a decade, and their four-year-old son Finnegan keeps them on their toes, which just reinforces Melissa’s coffee habit.
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