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MELISSA J MACDONALD
Interim Executive Director
Passionate about the church, Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. With humor and a unique perspective, Melissa calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. She and her husband, Luis, make their home in Iowa. Melissa has been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits.
Interim Executive Director of Training
Chris serves as the Children’s and Family Ministry specialist at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. She also teaches spiritual formation classes at the graduate level and oversees the MA in Family Ministry program. Chris received her master’s degree in children’s and family ministry from Bethel Seminary and completed a Doctor of Ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary focusing on emotionally healthy spirituality in children. She loves spending time with her family, running, and riding roller coasters.
Chief Financial Officer
David, a Chicago native, worked alongside his father for many years as a partner in his father’s accounting firm. Faced with the challenge to keep his two tech-savvy boys engaged in regular family devotional time, he founded SproutBox (sproutboxkids.com) a company that creates Bible-centered products that incorporate technology to help facilitate a fun and interactive experience. He currently resides in Chicago, with his wife, Myung, and three children, Justin, Brandon, and Leah.
Yanet started as a volunteer and has continued to serve INCM as the Resource Manager. Her dedication to Children’s Ministry started 18 years ago when she was called to serve in her local church. As a former Ministry Director herself, she has found great joy in continuing the work INCM does to serve this community. Her lively spirit is enhanced by her business savvy and love for equipping those to the things they need. This drives her ability to connect the community to the best Resources available.
Yanet loves to laugh and encourages those around her to see the joy in everything. Through Children’s Ministry she has developed a love of learning and will often figure out how to build, cook, or create things she is interested in. She is fiercely devoted to all aspects of her life which include her husband of 20 years, her four children, and the many animals that live in her home.
Mahogany is passionate about seeing children’s ministry leaders get connected to all that they need to serve kids and families, particularly in the area of education. She is a speaker and has experience serving as a children’s pastor for almost seven years at New Life in Christ Church in O’Fallon, Illinois. She is a graduate of Bethel Seminary where she earned a Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry.
Mahogany actively listens to the children’s ministry community’s needs and questions and loves to serve them with a joyful and prayerful spirit. Some of her favorite things to do are spend time with her husband, enjoy a good cup of coffee, or laugh uncontrollably with friends!
Community Development Manager
Joy started ministering to kids when she was nine years old, working alongside her children’s ministry veteran mom. Joy has an M.Div from Bethel Seminary and spent five years leading families in full-time ministry before joining the INCM team. She is honored to develop and resource children’s ministry leaders who she believes are the most innovative and resourceful leaders of the church.
Joy lives in Minnesota with her wonderful husband and two joyful sons. You can find her hiking Minnesota’s state parks, in her regular kickboxing class, or visiting the closest farmer’s market.
Project and Marketing Manager
JamieLyn loves Jesus and loves sharing Him with kids—she has done so with tweens and teens for nearly 20 years. She graduated from Cornerstone University with a BS in business and graduated from Western Michigan University with her MA in Education Leadership. She is irrationally passionate about kids and helping them find their true identities in Christ.
JamieLyn is a small-town Michigan girl at heart but is an empty nester living in Colorado with her husband Toben and their puppy Sparty Louise. She’s in love with watching their daughter chase her dreams, traveling as much as possible, and simply enjoying the second half of life. JamieLyn is a lifelong and diehard Michigan State & Detroit Tigers fan, so if she isn’t working or serving at church, she’s cheering for the greatest teams on earth.
Resource Logistics Specialist
Brad is a dedicated individual with a remarkable 14 years of Ministry Experience, currently serving as the Children’s Ministry Director at his local church in Northern Florida. He also has served as a faith volunteer with INCM and has volunteered on the CPC team numerous times. Brad’s meticulous attention to detail and exceptional logistical skills are reflected in his outstanding service on the resource team. However, his most important role is as a foster dad, where he selflessly provides a loving and nurturing environment for children in need.
When he’s not busy with his various commitments, Brad indulges in his passion for coffee and food, often experimenting with new recipes as a self-proclaimed coffee enthusiast and foodie.
Deanna is first a follower of Jesus, then a wife, mother, Children’s minister, perpetual student of God’s Word, leadership coach, and teacher. Deanna has been in children’s ministry since she was 8 years old leading her first backyard Bible Club with a friend, Deanna has grown a passion for leading with a clear vision of legacy in ministry. Deanna believes Jesus and glitter are essentials for life!
Deanna has worked at a church for over 10 years as a children’s minister. In this setting, she has led kid’s ministry through a mobile church era, building project, relaunch, and the changes COVID-19 brought into the church. She has navigated volunteer relationships, church decline followed by growth, launching of a weekday preschool among other things.
Deanna is currently pursuing her Master’s in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family. She and her husband, John, have a blended family with an emerging adult daughter, a teenage son, and a preteen son.
Visual Communications Specialist
Zac loves hearing, sharing, and creating stories that impact the world for good, and he does this best through the art of video. Zac loves serving the children’s ministry community and believes communication is a powerful tool to encourage, support, and further the mission of church ministry.
Zac and his beautiful wife, Stephanie, love life with their two children. They enjoy exploring the great outdoors, but also cozying up for a family movie night.
Jason serves INCM by developing and managing the websites and systems. God has given him incredible opportunities to work in the corporate financial industry then build his own company serving Christian nonprofits.
Jason has served in the local church through children’s ministry, youth ministry, and anywhere else that’s needed. He has also coached middle school boys basketball, and enjoys staying active with sports and outdoor activities.