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. From there 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 from A. W. Tozer Seminary.
"I always say my primary ministry is my family. Everything else I do is from the overflow of that," Shane Pruitt says. When his own family experienced difficulties, Shane learned some things about ministering to others during times of hardship.