Melissa Affolter

Counselor, Director of Content & Green Team Coordinator 


Melissa has served in counseling and women's discipleship for over twenty years, in local church settings and non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in History and previously worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, and research editor. In 2011, Melissa completed her MA in Biblical Counseling at The Master's University and has received further training with the Global Trauma Recovery Institute and CCEF. She also serves as a board member of the Christian Trauma Healing Network.

Melissa facilitates the ReStoried women's support groups for those recovering from abuse and trauma. She has been a conference speaker, blog contributor, and podcast guest with PeaceWorks, Help[H]er, and the Christian Trauma Healing Network. She also provides seminars and workshops regularly on abuse and trauma, ministry burnout, and counselor development. Melissa’s desire to walk alongside those who are suffering or struggling has been an overflow of seeing God's rich grace of healing and restoration poured out in her own life. 

Melissa delights in exploring the outdoors and local coffee shops.



BA (History), Judson College
MA (Biblical Counseling), The Masters University                          
Certified Christian Trauma Care Provider - Level 1


Abuse and trauma recovery, pastoral/ministry care, emotional and relational health, sexuality


Green, Remote


Weekend Word | “Where are all his wonders?”

Why? Where? How? Look! These are common questions for God when we don’t see a way forward or when our faith feels weak. We struggle to make sense of decisions that seem at odds, or how to discern the next step when a situation appears impossible. We start to believe that God is holding out on us, and we may begin to feel alone in the midst of our troubles. We cry out in frustration, perhaps doubting that God is true to his word.

Weekend Word | Finding Comfort

We cannot give what we do not possess. To comfort others with that which we ourselves have been comforted, we must position ourselves to rightly discover and live from it. This is a comfort rooted in the Father’s love for his own Son — Jesus!, who secures our comfort because of his great love for us as well. What does it look like to position ourselves to find and keep this comfort?

Weekend Word | Peace and Palm Sunday

This Palm Sunday, as we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, let us remember that he entered weeping. Flesh and blood, his humanity remained intact — all the way to the cross where he would be crushed. He was helped onto the colt by the hands of those who loved him.

Our Counseling Team

Dave AbernethyCounselor

Melissa AffolterCounselor

Hyemin BahkCounselor

Benjamin BakerCounselor

Benjamin BarnesCounselor

Grace BikisCounselor

Karen BrooksCounseling Apprentice

Steve BroughtonCounselor

Richard BueschCounselor

Joshua ConwellCounselor

Karen CorcoranCounselor

Barry CuretonCounselor

Rachel DunnCounselor

Andrew HeadCounselor

Kim FreitagResident

Ken TuckerResident

Suzanne HawkinsCounseling Intern

Jessica GallinaCounselor

Brenda HarstineCounselor

Jonathan HolmesCounselor

Joy HuCounselor

Laura HudsonCounselor

Joseph HussungCounselor

Crystal KershawCounselor

Jonathan KimCounselor

Julie MacDonaldCounselor

Shannon McCoyCounselor

Clair NorthcuttCounseling Apprentice

Mathieu PauCounselor

Sarah QuayCounseling Intern

Sarah Shaw OjedaCounselor

Bob ShullCounselor

Lori TanakaCounselor

Kali ThomasCounselor

Ian TullyCounselor

Marilyn VaughanCounselor

Anna WalkerCounselor

Danielle WareCounselor

Taylor ThomasCounselor

Brandi YackeeCounselor

Angela ZellerCounselor


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