Latino Awards Winner
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Melvin was born in Chicago, Ill but grew up primarily in California and Puerto Rico (PR). His father received a call from God to serve in Puerto Rico when Melvin was 12. It was in PR where Melvin at age 16 began to find his way and his calling in life which is to serve the God, church and the community in general. Melvin lived in Puerto Rico for 10 years so he is able to serve the community both in English and Spanish.
Melvin and his wife Margarita have been married since 1994 and have two boys, Ishmael and Jesse. In 1992 he moved to TN to pursue a graduate degree and in 1995, he and his wife moved to Knoxville where he has served the community of East TN in several capacities. Throughout the years, Melvin has served as chaplain, interpreter for several grassroots movements, church, medical missions both local and abroad and as a pastor and counselor.
Today he serves as Pastor of Care for Park West Church and with his wife as pastors of Nuevos Comienzos Internacional, a bilingual church here in Knoxville, TN.