Welcome to Condit, Rev. Annie Melick

“I was born and raised in Defiance, Ohio. Our home was lively with my three older brothers, younger sister, and two parents. At the age of twelve I made a commitment to Christ that changed my life. I attended Ohio Northern University where I received a BSBA. I met my husband Lyle there in the fall of our freshman year and we were married one week after we graduated. My years at ONU were fun, and I grew in maturity and spiritually. I enjoyed participating in University Singers, a touring choir.

“While working as a church camp counselor one summer during college, I sensed a call to ministry. I didn’t know any female pastors at that time and didn’t have any idea what to do with a call to ministry, so I stuck with my plan to attend law school. Just a few months later, I was in a bad accident that changed those plans, and I spent much of the next year in physical therapy. I worked for a few years as an accountant. I married Lyle in 1982, and in 1986 we started a family. I loved staying home with my four children when they were young. I volunteered at my churches in Raleigh, NC and Elyria, OH in committee work, music ministry, children and teens, teaching adults, church government and finances.

“I was called to full time ministry in 2000 as the Drama Director and Director of Women’s Ministries at my church in Elyria, OH. A few years later I transitioned into the position of
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Director of Global Outreach, and I had the privilege of working with missionaries around the world. Cross cultural ministry taught me to approach ministry as a student of culture wherever God has called me to serve. I’ve had the opportunity to do short-term mission work and teaching/preaching in Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Serbia, Italy, Quebec, Costa Rica, and Brazil.
“A few years after I was called to full time ministry, I was promoted to Director of Ministries, supervising a staff of twelve pastors and their administrative staff. I loved pastoring pastors, serving on a Senior Management Team that collaborated and innovated in ministry, and having the opportunity to impact thousands of people. Some things were missing, though. My church did not allow women to preach or hold the title of pastor. I also felt that I should get theological education if I was leading a staff of professional ministers. I began work on my Masters of Divinity at Ashland Theological Seminary in 2003. In 2008 I was called to serve part time at Cleveland Korean Presbyterian Church, and to attend seminary full time. I graduated in 2010.
“My two years at the Korean church were a lot of fun. I was the Pastor of English Ministries.
“Upon graduation with a M.Div., I was called to First United Presbyterian Church of Alliance as the Director of Family Ministries. I love working with people of all ages. I chose to pursue ordination in the PCUSA after prayerful consideration and consulting with people I respect. I love our denomination for many reasons: trusting in God’s sovereignty, support of women in ministry, priesthood of believers, the system we use to govern ourselves, and the connection with churches around the world. I was ordained in 2015.
“Lyle and I have four adult children, and are raising a high schooler, too. Lyle and I enjoy traveling, trying unique foods/restaurants, theater and concerts, spectator sports, and movies. Lyle is a Programmer for Medic Management Group in Akron, Ohio. He also enjoys reading, woodworking, and collecting fountain pens and unusual inks. My interests include reading, writing, music, and cooking.
“I am so excited about my call to be your Pastor. I can’t wait to get to know all of you better, and to see the wonderful things God will do in our ministry. See you soon!”
Blessings, Annie.