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ABOUT

Melissa

Like so many people I have had the opportunity to have multiple careers in my life.  I have been a gymnastics coach, VP Branch Administrator at a community bank, and currently I am serving as the Director of Faith Formation at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in West Lafayette, IN.  Yet my deepest calling is to Spiritual Direction and Life Coaching.  I have been a Spiritual Director for 10 years and have had the honor and privilege to walk, listen and pray with people as they discern, explore and become the people whom God created them to be. I have recently become a life coach.  Like spiritual direction I have witnessed the transformational power coaching has in people's careers and lives.  

In my role as a Spiritual Director I served as a board member of Pathways Retreat in Goshen, IN for 9 years. During my time at Pathways I led discernment retreats for churches and church leadership teams. I led retreats on spirituality types and spiritual gifts, co-facilitated classes on spiritual practices and led Lenten and Advent services.

As a life coach I have had the opportunity to work with my local church governing body and our national governing body to help leaders (individuals, teams or ministry groups) through the process of discerning the identity, purpose and activity to which God is calling them.  I am in awe of the privilege it is to accompany people, teams and congregations discover their greatness and get from where they are to where God is calling them to be.

I have completed the level 2 Mission Development and Congregational Vitality Coach training, level 2 Discipleship Coaching, ACC Training and Mentor Coaching through ELCA Coaching.  I have completed team coaching training through Summit Coaching, and I am currently enrolled and on track to be an End of Life and Greif Coach. I am an ACC certified coach through the ICF.

I absolutely love being the mother of our three young adult children and our two dogs, Norm and Zeus.  I enjoy hiking, yoga, gardening and spending time with our family and friends.  

Spiritual Formation and Direction certification from Wellstreams. Wellstreams is a three year formation and direction program offered through the Spirituality Network of Columbus, OH.

Level 1 Coach training- Coach Net.

Level 2 Coaching-Mission Development and Congregational

Vitality training -ELCA Coaching

Level 2 Coaching-Discipleship training - ELCA Coaching

ACC Training and Mentor Coaching - ELCA Coaching

Team Coach Training -Summit Coaching and Behavioral Consulting

End of Life and Grief Coaching - Coaching at the End of Life

Graduate of the Indiana Bankers Association's  Leadership Development Program

Mediation Training for Church Leaders through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.

Certified Holistic Fitness Specialist through Trinity School of Natural Health.

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