Melanie Gordon – Director, Ministry with Children
Leadership Ministries – Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church
In her position at Discipleship Ministries, Melanie is responsible to The United Methodist Church for Providing nationwide training and resourcing, and does research and networking for leaders and teachers engaged in ministry for children, including faith formation, weekday ministries, worship, Safe Sanctuaries®, and advocacy.
Melanie wrote, What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations, Children’s Ministry Guidelines for the 2013–‐16 Quadrennium, and co–‐authored Guidelines for Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs in United Methodist Churches. She also blogs regularly, on issues that impact how children grow in faith.
Prior to joining the Discipleship Ministries staff, Melanie earned a Master of Church Ministries degree with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation from Duke Divinity School. While at Duke, she worked at Duke Hospital Center on Aging; co–‐founded the improvisational comedy group “Axe of the Apostles”; went on pilgrimage to East Africa, creating and producing a documentary film on the Christian Response to Genocide in Rwanda; served as Chaplain at a feeding ministry in Harlem; and developed curriculum for The United Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, North Carolina. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson
Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University, and taught in various capacities in the public school system in Greenville, South Carolina, including pre–‐K through eighth grade, theatre and technology. Melanie is a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference and John Wesley UMC in Greenville, South Carolina, where she helps serve breakfast in the feeding ministry.
Melanie can also be found spending time with family and friends, traveling, writing, or rocking out with Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, or Bach… and a little Charles Wesley! Melanie loves that her ministry allows her to connect congregations and conferences with the resources that will support them as they share with children our Christian faith and Methodist heritage through developmentally appropriate and enriching experiences!