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Melissa Ebken, Light Life and Love Ministries

Live Your Life With Wholeness and Purpose

Helping People Build An Enduring Faith For Difficult Times

I work with people who:

  • Have outgrown the faith of their childhood

  • Have been told or believe that the Holy cannot/will not love them or people like them

  • Want their faith to engage with logic, science, and reason

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Learn About Melissa Ebken, Light Life and Love Ministries

Creating Wholeness

Melissa was called into ministry, much to her surprise, after becoming a biologist and serving for ten years in the IL Army National Guard as a utility helicopter mechanic, the first woman to do so.

         Having lived in the Midwest, Melissa has a deep appreciation for farmers and the lessons of the Gospel dramatized by the sowing, tending, and harvesting year after year.

 

         “God’s story all around us if we take the time to see. Lessons of life and death, struggle and celebration, heartbreak and harvest - life always wins.”

 

         Melissa’s passion in ministry is to live and worship alongside the people who live and work in rural communities. She has served the Illiopolis Christian Church (DOC) since July 2, 2001. January 1, 2012 Melissa began serving both Illiopolis and Niantic Christian Churches (DOC) and continues in ministry there today.

         Melissa is at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to walk with those who struggle and suffer. She is a trained coach and has consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, Melissa embraces the Gospel with joy and laughter as she seeks to help those around her grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, Melissa works to invite others into a space where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by a God who surprises us.

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“Healthcare is a rewarding yet challenging occupation; this program provides insight regarding how to maintain a healthily balance. An invaluable aspect is learning to delve beyond the human confines and learn to draw from our higher self for strength and guidance on a daily basis. Melissa does a great job providing guidance and understanding of such a valuable topic!"

Barb Meyer