Melissa J. MacDonald

Melissa grew up in a pastor’s home. Ministry was always done as a family. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from Crown College in Minnesota. Fromthere she went on to be a children’s pastor in both Florida and Idaho. She moved from Idaho to Vienna, Austria where she was a missionary working at an international school as the Elementary Chaplain and Counselor. She received her master’s degree in leadership and counseling from A. W. Tozer Seminary.

She worked for 10 years as the Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist for The Christian and Missionary Alliance. While there she created and founded cmalliancekids and was the creator and dean for the Children’s Disciplemaking Leadership Certificate.

Mel currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for INCM (International Network of Children’s Ministry). She travels and speaks extensively in both the US and abroad and is considered one of the leading voices in children’s ministry today.

Melissa married her husband, Luis, in March of 2018. Being a wife and being “Auntie Mo” to her 5 nieces and nephew are her very favorite jobs. Melissa’s prayer is that she may be forgettable and Jesus may be memorable.

Bio for Publication

Passionate about Jesus, the church, and kids Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She is known for her engaging and powerful communication. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. With a fresh and unique perspective Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. She and her husband make their home in Iowa. She’s been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits. Find out more at www.melissajmacdonald.com.

Latest Publications


Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids

Contributing author

Melissa currently serves a regular columnist for Children’s Ministry Magazine. She’s also been published in many others places.


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