We officially welcome Rev. Melissa Porter-Miller to Franconia UMC on Sunday, July 2, and we will host one large service at 10 AM followed by a reception. We hope you will join us to welcome Pastor Melissa and her family to Franconia!
Rev. Melissa Porter-Miller, a native of Virginia Beach, is an elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her previous appointments include St. Stephen’s UMC in Burke (Associate Pastor, 2007-2013), and Redland UMC in the Winchester District (2013-2017). She is very excited and looking forward to serving with FranconiaUMC to reach out in the Franconia/Kingstowne area to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
As a young woman, Pastor Melissa served for five years as a young adult missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, serving in Tucson, Philadelphia, Ireland, and Baltimore (US-2 Program, Mission Intern Program). Her husband, Robert Miller is a native of Northern Ireland. They have two children, ten-year-old son Shea, and four-year-old daughter Siobhán.
Pastor Melissa is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary (M. Div., Urban Ministry Program) and The College of William & Mary (B.A., Government & Psychology). She has a passion for mission, worship, evangelism, and for meeting people where they are and helping them to take the next faithful steps in their walk with God. She enjoys helping people discover how they can make a difference for Christ in the community and the world. She believes that it is important for people, particularly children and youth, to know God’s love for them, and particularly enjoys creating opportunities for children, youth, and adults to discover God’s deep love through worship. She strongly believes that the church is called not only to proclaim the gospel, but to truly embody the gospel, shaping the community of faith in light of Christ.