Melissa Smallwood, Writer, Coach, Friend

Melissa has faced many challenges in her life including a chaotic childhood that involved sexual abuse, foster care, drug use and teen pregnancy.  Her story of finding Jesus through a teen mom support group is inspiring.

Since that time, Melissa has been on a mission to help others see the value of their story and find healing for the wounds of the past.  Melissa keeps her eyes on Jesus and has a passion for sharing her comfort with others as modeled in II Corinthians 1.   It has become a mission for her to provide women with a forum to own their story and use their experiences, gifts and testimonies for God’s glory, which led to the SOS with Melissa Smallwood podcast.

When Melissa comes to speak at an event she shares her heart for God, the aspects of her story that are appropriate for the audience in front of her and the hope that God wants all women to live a life worthy of His calling (Ephesians 4:1).

  • Melissa serves at her home church as an administrator and Elder. She has also lead and taught classes and seminars at various local churches, as well as MOPS groups and online venues, including A Woman Inspired and Christian Women Affiliate.
  • Melissa has been a contributing writer for many websites and maintains her personal blog. Melissa has a background as a professional organizer, a social worker in the healthcare field and currently works as a counselor for children, adolescents and adults.
  • Melissa and her husband, Mike live in Kearneysville, WV, about 90 miles from Washington, DC. They have three sons (Jason, Jared and Matthew) and four daughters (Shayla, Rose, Gabby and Daleah), several of whom joined the family through adoption.   When Melissa is not writing, speaking and working in ministry she loves to be on the bleachers at her daughters sporting events, catching up on the DVR with her youngest or riding  on the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

To find out more about Melissa speaking at your upcoming event simply email her at kmelissasmallwood@gmail.com.  You will receive a booking form via email and any questions, topic ideas, etc. can be discussed at that time.

Previous engagements include:

  • Tuesday October 19, 2010 9:30am, MOPS at First Baptist Church, Martinsburg, WV
  • Sunday October 31, 2010 10:45am, Rosemont Brethren Church, Martinsburg, WV (testimony)
  • Sunday November 7, 2010 8:30, 9:45 and 11am, First Baptist Church, Martinsburg, WV (testimony)
  • Wednesday November 10, 2010 7pm, Living Waters Church, Martinsburg, WV (testimony)
  • Friday January 21, 2011 6:30pm, Holiday Inn, Martinsburg WV Father/Daughter Banquet
  • Sunday-Tuesday October 23-25, 2011, Vital Signs Conference, “Where Prayer Meets Paper”
  • Sunday November 27, 2011 10:45am Rosemont Brethren Church, Martinsburg WV Orphan Sunday Presentation
  • Sunday December 11, 2011 10:30am Fellowship Brethren Church, Inwood WV (testimony)
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Annual Conference Orlando, FL “Fostering Teens: The Good, The Bad, The Reward”
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 Foster Momma Retreat, Stuart, FL “Finding JOY in the Foster/Adoptive Journey”
  • Sunday September 8, 2019 10:00am Credo Community Church, Shenandoah Jct, WV (Leaving an Eternal Legacy)


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Melissa has also contributed to other publications including those listed below:


Available on Amazon.

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