Melinda was born and raised in Jacksonville and is a life-long member of First Baptist Church. As a result of the solid biblical teaching by Pastor Lindsay and Pastor Vines she has grown up with a firm foundation of Bible truths. She came to faith in Christ at the FBC youth camp at Lake Yale.

She studied law in Jacksonville and is a graduate with an AA and AS degree in paralegal studies. She also teaches dance at the Village Dance Studio in Jacksonville, where she has studied and taught dance for many years.

She has been married to Christopher Havel for fifteen years and they have three children: C.J., Catie and Crissy.

The Lord has uniquely gifted Melinda to serve as the Children's Director at the Ortega Campus, as does her love of the Arts and love for children. Her passion is for children to know and love God and Jesus Christ, His Son and to enjoy Him forever.