Melissa Peralez

My mother is the pastor of my church, First Christian Church in Raymondville, TX. I am the director of our children’s church. I also go to Mexico regularly to do missionary work at a church there. I recently graduated from culinary school. I love to cook and bake, especially for other people; it gives me great joy to see people eat and enjoy my cooking. I hope to one day open my own restaurant for low-income people to pay only what they can afford or to help around the restaurant.

Melissa's Blogs

NBA at GA: "My Voice Had Meaning"

My experience at the 2017 General Assembly was overwhelming, in a good way. I experienced many things, such as fighting for justice firsthand. On my first official day at the assembly, I was given the privilege of being a parade marshal for the Disciples Rally for Family Justice, and may I say that it was very exciting and invigorating. I felt like my voice had meaning with the chants that we said: “No hate / no fear / refugees are welcomed here!” Read more >>

A Great Way of Growing Up

I decided to join NBA XPLOR to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I'm a huge introvert, and I am extremely close to my mom and the rest of my family. So leaving for 10 months sounded like a great way of growing up! Read more >>

Fighting for Social Justice

All in all, I loved my experience at EAD and hope I have another chance to unite with people of all faith to fight for social justice. Read more >>