Afterschool Program Coordinator – JJ Pickle
Melanie was reared in San Antonio, Texas. One Christmas morning her father taught her the importance of helping others by watching a family use a water hose outside of a home that was not theirs, to care for their personal needs. That day, life as she knew it, had changed. This visual image ignited a passion to serve and care for others that Melanie will never forget. She attended Dallas Baptist University and accepted her calling in ministry in 2001. Melanie is a licensed and ordained minister of the gospel through Lighthouse Community Bible Church. She is currently working on her Masters in Theological Studies.
Melanie has served in school districts and nonprofit organizations, caring for those suffering with substance abuse and their children who are affected by it. Prior to Side by Side Kids, Melanie served as the Minister of Evangelism, Missions, and Outreach for Westside Baptist Church located in Lewisville, TX. Her mission is to continue to seize every opportunity to deposit the Gospel of Jesus in the lives of others, especially our children. She believes students are our tomorrow and they can only draw from that which has been deposited.
Melanie utilizes Matthew 25:31-40 as her compass for all service. She enjoys quilting, painting, and photography.