Meleah Allard, Executive Director
Meleah Allard is the Director of New Beginning Support Ministry. Meleah founded the ministry as a satellite of Truth Ministry located in Spartanburg SC in 2005. In 2013 the ministry made a name change from Truth WNC to New Beginning Support Ministry and in 2014 became it’s own non-profit. We are a member ministry of the Hope For Wholeness Network.
Meleah has been married since 1995 and has raised four children with her husband, Mark. Their children are adults and Meleah and Mark are the proud grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters.
Meleah was formerly employed at a local community college as a Case Manager and Job Counselor. Prior to that position she worked as an Administrator in the business sector and as a Retail Store Manager. She is a Certified Biblical Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Human Services at Montreat College. Her goal is to complete a Masters in Counseling in the next few years. She has also completed a continuing education Master’s level certification, Diagnosis & Treatment of Sexual Addiction.
Having read hundreds of books on topics related to psychology, discipleship, evangelism, Christian growth, parenting, homosexuality and related issues, Meleah has taken advantage of every opportunity to become equipped for her position. She’s read three versions of the Bible (NIV, Living and NKJV) and has completed in depth studies on most books of the Bible. She’s been trained in Evangelism Explosion, Share Jesus Without Fear and The Way of the Master evangelism programs. Additionally, Meleah attended Exodus International conferences from 2005 until the last one in 2013, and Exodus Leadership conferences, both attending and teaching workshops on issues related to homosexuality as well has leading the women’s ministry at a few of the conferences. She has led the women’s ministry, taught and spoke at all of the Hope for Wholeness conferences since the Exodus closing in 2013.
Meleah was part of a select team from Exodus International that successfully lobbied Congress against hate crimes legislation in 2007. In 2006 she was interviewed by the North Carolina Baptist Convention Biblical Recorder reporter and again the following year by a reporter with the convention’s audio magazine called UpClose. She has been interviewed on the local Asheville news channel, WLOS, as well as by other local media outlets. Meleah has spoken publicly and shared her story in churches in both North and South Carolina. She has shared on college and high school campuses as well. Meleah wrote a couple of the chapters in the Hope for Wholeness curriculum and taught on one of the videos. Having led many support groups and counseled hundreds of individuals and families affected by homosexuality Meleah says, “No one signs up for this job. It is a calling, and is extremely challenging, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. It is the most rewarding work of my life!”
Ed Reigner, Board Member, Secretary-Treasurer
Ed has been married to Donna since 1968, they have two children, two grandchildren, and two grandpuppies. Ed is a retired air traffic controller, having worked thirty one years at Asheville Regional Airport. Prior to that he served as an air traffic controller in the USAF. Donna and Ed are members of Biltmore Baptist Church where Ed plays trumpet in the orchestra. Bicycling and photography are hobbies Ed enjoys. Ed’s greatest desire is to grow in the knowledge of his Lord Jesus Christ, and to serve Him in response to His grace and love.
Mollie Stafford, Board Member
Mollie has been married to her amazing husband Robin since 1985 and they have 3 children. Mollie had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for 22 years and homeschooling their children for 15 years. After helping her husband in his construction business for 2 years, she recently returned to the public work force as a crew member at Trader Joe’s. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, knitting, crocheting and photography. Mollie & Robin have been members of Biltmore Baptist Church for 7 years. Their greatest desire is to grow in grace and knowledge of their Savior Jesus Christ and to live lives that bring honor and glory to Him.
Melissa Jo Wilson, Board Member, Chairwoman
Melissa Jo double majored in psychology and social Work, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Asbury University in 1992. She earned her first Master’s degree in 1997 from Eastern Kentucky University in counseling. She earned a second Master’s degree in social work from he University of Kentucky in 2008. Melissa has worked in several specialty areas of social work for the past 24 years: with children in child protective services, conducting child abuse investigations and then was promoted to child protection specialist and finally a supervisor. Currently, Melissa teaches social work at the university level, both as part of a full-time faculty and also as an adjunct instructor at Kentucky universities. Melissa is a devout believer and follower of Jesus. She comes from a Wesleyan background and today attends church at Southland Christian where she serves as a Life Group Facilitator and leader for Celebrate Recovery.