Hi, I'm Melissa.

I help people like you to become grounded in their spiritual beliefs and practices, grow their self-awareness, and overcome difficult and uncomfortable situations and experiences. 

Here's My Story...

I have more than 20 years experience working with people to become grounded in their spiritual beliefs and practices, grow their self-awareness, and overcome difficult and uncomfortable situations and experiences. I am an experienced pastor, trained in Bowen Theory, and certified in Transformative Mediation. I was called into ministry, much to my surprise, after becoming a biologist and serving for ten years in the Illinois Army National Guard as a utility helicopter mechanic, the first woman to do so. 

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

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

    My passion in ministry is to live and worship alongside the people who live and work in rural communities. I have served the Illiopolis Christian Church (DOC) since July 2, 2001. January 1, 2012 I began serving both Illiopolis and Niantic Christian Churches (DOC) and continue in ministry there today. 

    I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to walk with those who struggle and suffer. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I work to invite others into a space where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit. 

How can I help you?

8 Steps to Forgiveness

Develop the most powerful skill for spiritual and emotional health


Find and Implement Your Core Values

Align your life around the principles that are most important to you.



I do Transformative Mediation with organizations and groups experiencing conflict to bring them to resolution and growth. 


End Your Struggle with Anxiety

My Free Guide takes you step by step through a journey that can help you lessen your anxiety and grow your resilience.

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Visit the Spirit Health blog, read our articles, and learn how to live the purposeful life you were created for.


Our online courses support you as you build a mature and vital faith that serves you and the challenges you face.


Hear from happy clients...

"What a revelation to combine our spiritual world with our physical world in such an enlightening and very practical way. The tools provided during the program were more beneficial than I could have imagined.  I have already started to apply the wisdom and techniques in my personal life and I really want to share this with my family and others. This was explained so well and is very easy to comprehend. We’re never too old or young to gain a better understanding of how we can manage in the day to day when we have a resource like this! Thank you Melissa!"
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