National Leadership Team
Melissa J. MacDonald
Children's Disciplemaking Consultant
Passionate about children’s ministries Melissa J. MacDonald is a published author, in demand speaker, and a children’s ministry innovator. As the national Children’s Disciplemaking Ministries Consultant for the C&MA Melissa spends her time training, coaching, speaking, equipping, and consulting with churches and districts both in the US and abroad. Melissa loves everything about children’s ministry except for stale cheerios and cranky volunteers. Visit Melissa's blog.
Leo Ayala lleva sirviendo a tiempo completo como director del ministerio de niños durante los pasados 12 años en la iglesia Alianza Cristiana y Misionera La Cumbre en San Juan Puerto Rico. Lleva casado con su esposa Esther Jorge durante 13 años. Juntos disfrutan la aventura de educar y formar a dos hijos varones, Jair de 10 años e Isak de 8 años. Su mayor pasión es levantar una próxima generación de hombres y mujeres que sean discípulos de Jesús, pero sabiendo que hoy, esos hombres y mujeres todavía son niños. Leo cree firmemente que para lograr esto necesitamos que la familia tome su lugar dentro del plan de Dios para sus hijos y que la iglesia establezca un plan y una estrategia.
Leo Ayala has been serving as the full-time children's director at C&MA La Cumbre in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the past 12 years. He's been married for 13 years with his wife Esther. Together, they enjoy the adventure of educate, raise and disciple two active boys, Jair (10 years old) and Isak (8 years old). His biggest passion is raise a new generation of disciple. Men and women followers of Jesus but knowing that those men and women today are still kids. Leo firmly believed that in order to do this we need to invest in the family so they can understand their place in God's plan for their kids and also help the church everywhere to develop a plan and a strategy to make this happen. If you would like to request Leo for an event please click here. Request Form.
Jamie Sulle counts it a high honor to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of kids. She’s been a wife since 1997, a mom since 2001 and a lover of ministering to children and families since 2003. Jamie currently serves at Edgewater Alliance Church in Edgewater, FL as the Children’s Ministry Director. She believes helping kids know Jesus and their place in God’s big plan is a BIG deal.
Abby Segura is currently the Children’s Ministry Director at Perrysburg Alliance Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. She grew up in an Alliance church and has served in Alliance churches since 2007. She’s passionate about kids knowing who Jesus is and helping parents share Biblical truths with their children. She is really good at Pac-Man, wife of a handsome man, and stepmom to a beautiful daughter. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Shaun Sass is the current Children’s Pastor at Princeton Alliance Church, Metropolitan District children’s ministry consultant as well as an independent consultant. He has over 20 years experience in the field and is passionate about helping children discover their identity in Christ, as well as live a life empowered by God’s word. Shaun is also passionate about ministry to children overseas, with experience in several countries. Shaun also has as a deep passion to teach parents how to be the primary spiritual providers for their families as well as facilitating cross-cultural family ministry experiences.
Administrative Assistant for Children's Disciplemaking
Erin Garrido started working for the C&MA National Office as Melissa's assistant in October 2015. She comes from a background in holistic community development and ministry. She has served in both West and East Africa. She currently is involved in serving at a local church plant. She loves children and has a passion to see people pursue Jesus. She is excited to be part of Children's Disciplemaking.
Regional #KidMin Leadership
Western Great Lakes
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