Melinda Parrish joins the Every Village team this week as our new Administration Director. After gaining experience as an international accountant for an oil and gas company and also as an external auditor, she joined the team in Houston. Melinda brings a unique skillset and passion for God's work in South Sudan, and we're thrilled to have her on board. Below, she answers a few questions about getting started with us.

What led you to Every Village? 

I met Executive Director Peter Swann at Hope Church in February of this year. He called me at the end of September and asked if I’d be interested in interviewing for this position. He was fully expecting a quick no, but little did he know--I had a desire and calling to work in ministry. I am so thankful and beyond ecstatic to be here!

What are you excited about as you transition into this position?

I’m excited to work for an organization that is passionate about reaching the nations with the gospel.

Describe how you felt the first day on the job.

Like a kid on the first day of school: excited to be among peers, yet nervous as to who I would sit with at lunch. Joking aside, I felt very welcomed by the entire team and can tell this is going to be an awesome adventure!

What's one thing in South Sudan you'd like to experience?

A deep connection to the people AND to learn a tribal dance.

When you're not on the clock, what are you doing? 

My time outside of work consists of spending quality time with my family and friends, reading, playing tennis whenever I can find an opponent, volunteering time to my church, and planning my next adventures in travel.