SPEAKER PROFILE: Melissa Lipsett is the Chief Operations Officer of Bible Society Group, which includes Bible Society Australia, Centre for Public Christianity, Eternity News, and Koorong Christian book shops. Melissa is ordained in the Uniting Church in Australia and is a passionate advocate for the local church being the hope of the world. Prior to serving with Bible Society she was the Executive Minister of a large evangelical church on the Gold Coast. Melissa is also passionate that all those who call themselves followers of Jesus are called to partner in mission with God; for his glory and the growth of his kingdom, and is delighted to have the opportunity to serve with a mission organisation with as much reach and history as Bible Society. Melissa is a gifted speaker and preacher – combining a very grounded and ‘real’ understanding of life’s joys and struggles along with a very real belief in the power of God to transform lives.
Melissa has been married to her husband Peter for over 33 years and has two young adult children. Many years ago they enjoyed living in the West for a longish period of time while she and Peter both served in the Royal Australian Navy. Melissa has very fond memories of learning to drink real coffee on the strip in Fremantle and of wonderful family picnics on long hot summer days on the river foreshore.