Melissa Pateras

Central Director

My Motivation

I love the church. To see changed lives at both of our campuses is extremely motivating. Knowing there is a much larger story at play, I am blessed to be a small part of that.
 

My Background

Before working at The Bridge, I studied education at Olivet. During that time, I volunteered at The Bridge. After I graduated, I worked at a pediatric psychologist's office. In 2014, I came on staff here at The Bridge.
 

My Spiritual Journey

I grew up in church and knew a lot about God, but I never learned about a God who was near, or about a God who wanted a relationship with me. In high school, I started going to youth group with friends and started learning the relationship attributes of God and everything began to make sense. I was saved towards the end of high school and began living for Christ. Looking back, several friends and their families had significant impacts on my journey.
 

One More Thing

I find honeybees fascinating and hope to maintain a beehive and/or colonies someday.