Melissa Colegrove was born in Colorado and lived in 5 states during her childhood, during which she was exposed to a range of religious communities; however, she never felt a strong inclination to align with one until coming across the UU faith. Her liberal heart led her into social work where she served as a case manager, counselor, legislative advocate, and organizer largely in the field of mental health. She did not see her values within a religious community until she visited All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. As she and her husband, Zack Schreiner, began to design their life together they agreed they wanted a spiritual home to raise a family. After relocating to Wheat Ridge, they found JUC and felt an instant sense of security knowing there was a community and faith rooted in our shared humanity. Since becoming a member in 2015 – now with an 8 year old daughter, Edie, and 6 year old son, Gus – she has found herself immersed in the JUC community supporting the womens’ groups, pastoral care teams, and is excited to deepen her service as a member of the board.