Melissa was born and raised here in California and has lived in the area most of her life with the exception of that time she moved to Texas and later on, Ethiopia. Since the age of 14 she has been leading worship in a wide range of settings and served in staff roles as a worship director since early adulthood. Overseas missions has long been a passion and she has traveled to over 20 countries on 6 continents for this work . Melissa’s and her husband, Rich served in Ethiopia as missionaries soon after they adopted their oldest son. Melissa is mother to Endale and Jude and holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Regent University. She loves theology, studying scripture, talking with friends and entertaining them in the Lester family home.