Board of Directors

These dedicated Christian leaders help lead our unique ministry.
Jeremy Schell

Jeremy Schell

Chairman of the Board

Jeremy Schell, The Chairman of the Board, is Mel Schell’s youngest son, and he has been an integral part of Growth Ministries since its founding in 2013. Jeremy and his wife Nancy live in Atlanta, Georgia with their daughter Madeline and son Ethan.

Jeremy and his family are active in the Northpointe Community Church, along with other Christian ministries. He recently completed a yearlong Missional Coaches training program about church consulting and church growth with Dr. Bob Whitesel of the Biblical Leadership ministry. His love for entrepreneurship and missions has led him to travel to numerous countries teaching business principles to believers who want to grow God’s Kingdom.

Jeremy is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a major in Business Management. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Technology Transformation Management. He started his business career working in the personal computer industry with his dad at Omega Information Systems, and then formed his own company to sell computers to the Veterans Administration. He used this company to pay his way through college, after which he worked as a sales consultant for Paetec Systems and then worked in a similar capacity with Windstream Communications.

Mel Schell

Mel Schell

President and CEO

Mel is a nationally known Church consultant called into the ministry from a career with IBM. He studied Church Growth in the D. Min. program at the Fuller School of World Mission where he was mentored by Donald McGavran, Win Arn, C. Peter Wagner and Carl George. As a result of his expertise he wrote “Using Computers to Support Total Church Growth” in Church Growth, State of the Art.  (Eds. C. Peter Wagner, Win Arn, Elmer Towns), [read more]
Linda Holton

Linda Holton


Linda serves as the Treasurer of Growth Ministries International. She and her husband Hayes live in Roswell, Georgia, and have two daughters, Elizabeth and Lauren. Elizabeth Holton Isasi is married to Justin, and they have a son Cole.

In addition to her work as Treasurer, Linda works with Pat Hammond to develop and operate our ministry to enlist prayer partners and supporters for the amazing ministries the Lord is now opening to us.

Linda has over 14 years of experience working in Christian ministries. She has served as a staff member for a Prayer Ministry/Pastoral Care group at a very large Baptist church and brings the same passion to GMI.

She earned a B.S. in Family & Consumer Science at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. She has worked as a furniture buyer for a chain of 44 furniture rental stores, and an assistant buyer for a chain of over 100 giftshops/newsstands.

Linda enjoys watercolor painting, walking, and spending time with her husband, daughters and grandson. She is also a beloved Aunt Linda to Jeremy’s wife Nancy and their two children.