BELIEVE. BECOME. BE SENT. Our mission is to daily glorify God by shepherding others to BELIEVE in Jesus, BECOME like Jesus, and BE SENT by Jesus.

Melissa Cole

When I joined the First Baptist Maumelle Church staff: 
I was so excited to be a part of the support system for a growing church. (March 2, 2015)

What areas of ministry I work in:
Church secretary

My Family: 
I have a precious 16 year old daughter Susanna, loving husband Randall and my Mom Norma Stotts lives down the road and is a huge support mechanism in my life. I have two brothers living in Arkansas as well.

When I was saved: 
I immediately knew God was calling me to Him and thankfully a kind youth worker noticed my need for Jesus and assisted me in saying a sinner’s prayer.

I grew up in Jonesboro, attending high school at Jonesboro High School. I graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Arkansas State University.

Previous Lines of Work: 
For 16 years I have been a Mom, and just celebrated my 24th wedding anniversary.  Before I became a mom, I worked as a Coding Auditor and Patient Accounts Supervisor for Baptist Health (Practice Plus) in Little Rock, AR for 10 years.  When we brought our daughter home from China, I owned a home-based business that allowed me to stay home with her for 12 years before returning to the work field at FBCM.

Favorite Food: 
My mom’s Chicken & Dumplins (please make sure she sees this so she will feel guilty and make me some!!!)

Favorite Snack Food: 
Movie popcorn

Favorite Place in the World: 
Anywhere with my family, but preferably in Hawaii!

Favorite Hobbies: 
I love tennis, but unfortunately my knees won’t allow me to play anymore.

Best Advice Someone Gave Me: 
You cannot control what others do, you can only control what extends to the tip of your nose.

Favorite Sports Team: 
Any one that Derek Fisher is affiliated with (I worked with his mom for 10 years and am a fan!) My husband likes to believe I am a Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks fan.

Favorite Bible Story: 
The woman at the well.

Life Verse: 
Phil. 4:4-7

One of My Greatest Experiences with God: 
My former pastor preached 2 sermons on children being a reward from God; which I had never considered. My human realism had decided to not have children. But God spoke to me through this man to warm my heart to adoption, my greatest blessing to date.

Most people don’t know this about me: 
I was voted Most Talented in High School! I’m also (was) a fierce competitor on the tennis court.

What’s on my playlist:
Mandisa, Francesca Battistelli, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Journey…

The one book (besides the Bible) I’d recommend to anyone is: 
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian