Other job experience: Customer service and marketing professional in South Florida and Atlanta; performed in a "boy" band, Act III, from age 16 to 20 throughout the Southeast.
Education: Deerfield Beach High School; attended Broward Community and Palm Beach Community Colleges.
Personal: Age 35. Born in New York. Resident of Deerfield Beach since 1987.
Family: Married to Dawn, 30, a dental assistant. Four children.
What's the one most mistaken impression about your faith?
That everyone's holier than thou in the Christian faith, that we think we're better than others. The true Christian knows he is flawed.
Favorite part of your work?
The feeling when I'm able to lead people to feel free in worship, to feel awe in God's presence. When people grasp what worship is all about, that's a great feeling.
A lot of people still want traditional elements in the worship time. We have a blended (contemporary and traditional) service and a contemporary service, but it's hard to please all of the people all of the time. I just hope people see my heart in worship. I'm really up there for an audience of one and to glorify him.
What do you do to relax?
I love spending time with my family and friends. We go to the pool, barbecue, play games, just simple things. I'm also a big football fan, so I enjoy watching football. I've always been a University of Alabama fan.
Favorite vacation spot?
We went recently to Busch Gardens (Tampa), and that was a great time. A vacation to me doesn't have to mean going too far. If it's with the family, that's enough for me.
One of my new favorites is August Rush. That was around the time I felt God calling me to ministry and changing my focus from self glorification to glorification of God. There is a line in one of the songs: "It takes a different kind of dream to make you smile." It spoke to me that I would never be satisfied until I did what God was calling me to do.
Favorite music and/or performers?
I like all types of music. For worship-style music, I love Hillsong, Chris Tomlin and Casting Crowns. One of my all-time favorite groups is the Righteous Brothers.
Is there one thing you can't stand?
I don't like fake people - people who talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. I can't stand judgmental people, self-righteous people. You can't reach anybody with God's word unless you have a personal relationship with them; and if you judge, and don't let people get close to you, they may never know about Christ's love.
When things get you down, how do you reconnect with the spirit?
Music is my major solace. I'll put on a worship song back in the church choir room, sit in the dark and turn the speakers up, just blast it, and that brings me back. The world can get you down, but God is in control.
Have you ever doubted your faith?
My biggest time of doubt was when my father died. It's one of those experiences that made me think about my life and my relationship with God. There's nothing now, though, that could make me doubt my faith.
Motto, or favorite scripture verse?
My life verse is Matthew 6:33: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Another one that has great impact on me is Isaiah 40:31: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
What would you like most to be remembered for?
I'd like people to say that Melvin was a true Christian: someone you could go to, cry with, laugh with. That he loved his family, he led them, and he put God first.
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