Meet Melissa Smoker, Member in Discernment - Northwest Association
When God called me to be in ministry, I thought He had the wrong person. I was a junior working on my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and I had never even thought about ministry as a path for me.
I have been a lifetime member of Salem United Church of Christ in Wanatah, Indiana. Salem Church and my faith have always been extremely important to me. Yet, I never knew what God had in store. With encouragement from Rev. Dr. Carol Nordstrom, I began to look into seminary when I quit running from God’s call in September 2016.
Today, my life looks a little bit different than when I first began my journey. I am now a sixth-grade science teacher, drama club director, and junior high girls track coach at Morgan Township in Valparaiso, Indiana. I attend Wesley Seminary where I am expected to graduate in June 2020.
Along with my life, my ministry has also changed immensely over the years. With Pastor Victoria Ubben as a guide, I have been able to reach out into the community in ways that I never thought possible. I am actively working in prison ministry around the Westville and Valparaiso, Indiana area. I also provide pulpit supply for Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Woodland, Indiana on a regular basis.
Additionally, the last weekend of January, I have the opportunity to be the Sunday morning speaker for the Indiana Young Farmers Association state conference. God has opened so many doors for me and I could not be more excited about His plan for my future ministry.