Mel has been blessed to serve as both a bi-vocational and full time minister. He is a nationally known church consultant with broad experience in churches and non-profit organizations. As a businessman, he had a successful career working for corporate giants IBM and AT&T. He has consulted with numerous other businesses and organizations, large and small. In addition, he and his family founded one of the first computer companies to develop and sell church software that ran on personal computers.
He earned a BA in Bible and Psychology from Tennessee Temple University and the Executive MBA from Georgia State University. In addition, he has more than four years of graduate level education in the Bible, Church history and other relevant subjects from Baptist Bible Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary and Emory University. He also completed all of the Church Growth curriculum for the Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of World Mission at Fuller Seminary.
Mel, with the support of his family, left IBM to enter full time Christian service as the Associate Pastor and Minister of Evangelism at First Alliance Church in Atlanta, GA. This led to his co-founding Evangelism Explosion Atlanta (EEA) with D. James Kennedy and Archie Parrish of Evangelism Explosion International. This experience, coupled with an increased understanding of Church Growth principles, led to the expansion of E.E. Atlanta into Growth Ministries Inc. This ministry consulted with ministers, churches and faith based organizations from many different denominations throughout the USA and Puerto Rico and enjoyed affiliate relationships with Dr. Win Arn of The American Institute of Church Growth and Carl George of the Charles E Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth. (CEFI).
Mel is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who In American Church Growth”. He was one of 16 leading church consultants in America selected in 1986 to publish an article in Church Growth, State of the Art, edited by Dr. C. Peter Wagner, Dr. Elmer Towns and Dr. Win Arn. His chapter on “Using Computers to Support Total Church Growth” uniquely demonstrates how computers and the internet can be used to help church leaders implement better ways to win the lost to Christ and help them grow into spiritually mature believers.
These Total Church Growth methods were field tested in several different denominations and resulted in sustained growth in the majority of churches who fully implemented the program. A six volume training manual utilizing Total Church Growth principles was published by the Charles E. Fuller Evangelistic Institute and used throughout the nation. Mel also developed the “Congregational Growth Profile”, a questionnaire he and many other consultants used nationwide to measure the levels of spiritual life and vitality in churches.
He now lives in Gainesville, Georgia with his wife Dollie, who is also his greatest supporter and prayer partner. They are members of Lakewood Baptist Church and are actively involved with numerous other churches as consultants. God has blessed with two sons. Mark, a widower, has one daughter, Hannah, and they attend 12 Stone Church in Atlanta GA. Jeremy is married to Nancy and they have one daughter, Madeline and they attend Northpoint Church.