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Maghan Achimon

Preschool Ministry Director

Maghan Achimon has been part of the Melissa community and a member of this church for almost a decade. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University and master’s degree in School Counseling from Lamar University. After teaching in both Prosper and Melissa ISD for 7 years, she decided to take a break from teaching and stay home with her babies. She and her husband, Matthew Achimon, have four beautiful children, Alaina (7), William (4), Landon (4), and Caleb (2). Maghan started working part-time in our preschool ministry in 2019 and now runs both the  preschool department and Arrow Academy.

Matthew and Maghan have been involved in a number of ministries of our church including hosting a small group at their house since 2016, IMPACT week, volunteering in the youth group, hosting multiple DNOWs, etc. They believe the Lord has called them to First Melissa to serve their church and make a difference in the community.

 

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Kati Jones

Kids' Ministry Director

Learning to love Jesus is what we do at First Melissa.  From kindergarten through the pre-teen years, the way we learn changes dramatically as we develop both learning and social skills.  Our grade school ministry teams help kids to follow Jesus in age-appropriate and engaging ways.  

Kati grew up in Melissa, TX and has attended First Melissa for 31 years. She met her husband Josh in 2011 at Tyler Junior College as they both were leaders for the Baptist Student Ministry. They are expecting their first child in January 2022. She and Josh love the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family. They enjoy rooting for the Texas Rangers, Texas Football and finding new places to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Kati has been the Grade School Director since 2018. She sees this position as a privilege and an opportunity to serve the Lord as a leader over the kids ministry. Her prayer is that each child that enters First Melissa will come to know the love of Jesus Christ in their life and build a strong foundation in their faith. She is thankful to work with the grade school kids at First Melissa and all the amazing volunteers and staff.

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Tyler Normand

Minister to Students

Tyler graduated with a bachelor of science in kinesiology from Mississippi College in 2016. Taking a step back from that career, Tyler dedicated himself to a year-long discipleship program called the Forge in Tyler, TX, where he studied theology, hermeneutics, relationship psychology, and spiritual disciplines, while serving in mission opportunities and traveling all over the U.S. and even to Israel. After experiencing a revival in the Forge, Tyler studied at Dallas Baptist University for his master's degree in discipleship while working as the Director of Student Ministries at First Baptist Church Duncanville. After attending church since he was 5, serving in different church ministries, serving as an intern at two churches in Mississippi, and working at Pine Cove Christian Camps for five summers throughout college, the Lord confirmed Tyler's calling to full-time ministry in early 2020.

Tyler married his wife Kristi shortly after joining the First Melissa staff in November 2020, and they have two children from Kristi's previous marriage - Tristan (9) and Sadie (6). Tyler enjoys cooking, making music, reading, watching good movies, and spending quality time with others.