Melissa Pride  

Elder

Melissa Pride

Melissa is a native Texan, hailing from Alta Loma (now Santa Fe), Texas. She met husband Ron when she was a sophomore in high school and he was a senior. They married in 1978, while Melissa was a student at Texas A&M. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of ’80. After 12 years in Plano, Texas, where both their kids, Ryan and Becca were born, Melissa and Ron moved to Friendswood to be closer to family. Melissa worked in technical sales until Becca was born, then owned several small businesses while the children were young. In Friendswood, she started a small scrapbooking store and has worked for the subsequent owners for 18 years. Her favorite things include crocheting (or more specifically, buying yarn), yoga, cooking, visiting Austin, and being with her husband, kids and pups. Melissa has made a second (or third) career of volunteering. She has served in four churches (over a period of 30 years), several mission organizations, Generation One, Builders Without Borders of Texas, Cub Scouts of America, and more. Her passion is serving, and loving and encouraging young adults and all those who serve.

Her first pivotal ECL moment came in the first Missional Community she and Ron attended. The second meeting of the group was a few days after Hurricane Ike hit the area, and the group of people in the living room where the MC met jumped into action and took on multiple cleanup projects immediately. This was proof that the Prides had found their church home, and this has been reinforced through many, many more ECL moments.