Rev. Melanie Martinez, M.Div.
Pastor Mel is an ordained minister in Metropolitan Community Churches. A graduate of Perkins School of Theology (Dallas, TX), Pastor Mel comes to us to preach the Gospel and make joy-filled music to God. Ministry is Mel’s calling and vocation, and she is blessed to be able to do both in witness to God’s glorious work at Wichita Falls MCC.
Pastor Mel grew up attending Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Weatherford, Texas. Her background in the church began at a very early age and Mel has experienced church in the Pentecostal, Baptist, Church of Christ, and Methodist traditions.
Mel’s tenure in MCC began in 1991, when she visited an MCC for the first time (MCC San Antonio). From that moment on, Mel remained dedicated to the mission and vision of the MCC movement. Pastor Mel ministered as a lay person in the denominational offices of Metropolitan Community Churches from 2003-2011, filling the roles of Executive Assistant to an Elder, Director of MCC’s Online Ministry and Co-Lead of MCC Transgender Ministries. Mel completed her seminary work and her ordination process in MCC while maintaining employment with the denomination.
Pastor Mel is a talented pastor, musician, administrator, writer, and educator. Mel writes, edits, and publishes various resources and was instrumental in the October 2010 release of the “MCC TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program,” which features her programmatic and ritual writing.
Pastor Mel began her tenure with Wichita Falls MCC as Senior Pastor in January 2012.
She shares her life with her partner, Tammy, and daughter, Brylee.