Melissa Barnes joined the Christian Reformed Church in North America in April 1993. After serving 14 years with the denomination in various finance roles ranging from Administrative Assistant to
Finance Manager, she eventually settled within World Renew in July 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Davenport University and currently attends the University of Phoenix where she is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Business.
Her work involves improving the alignment of World Renew’s program objectives with its financial processes and systems. Melissa works closely with the denomination’s Financial Services Department and other CRCNA support services staff to ensure that World Renew’s needs are met in a timely manner. For the past 10 years, Melissa has served on various non-profit boards in the Grand Rapids area offering her expertise in business and finance.
Melissa resides with her wonderful husband Mykel and has 3 beautiful children JaQuan (24), AshLynn (20), and Mykela (7). In addition, Melissa has a flexible work schedule that allows her to assist her mother-in- law with homeschooling her youngest child. Melissa serves, together with her husband, at Stones Church as part of the Pastoral Care Team. Their time is spent offering support, encouragement, spiritual guidance, and counseling during times of need. Equipping leaders for the work of service is one of the couple’s joys, especially in the area of financial literacy.