Nursery & Preschool Director
Laura grew up in the Birmingham area and was actively involved in a church similar to SMIC. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of kids, she graduated from Samford University with an education degree. She met her husband, Tim, here in the singles group at SMIC. They married in 1995 and have three children: Emily (19), John (16), and Mandy (13). After serving in various roles in the nursery, Laura accepted the position as Nursery and Preschool Director in August 2006. In addition to loving on babies and preschoolers, Laura enjoys getting to know the moms and encouraging them in this stage of life. In her spare time, she watches NFL football (Geaux Saints!), college football (War Eagle!), and spending time with her family.
Shades Mountain Kids cares for children ages birth through five years old. In the nursery area (birth-two), our goal is to provide a safe, secure environment conducive to your child’s physical, social, and spiritual growth. When you are confident in leaving your child in the care of our loving staff, then you are able to worship with a sense of security. As we hold the babies, we pray for them to receive all that God has for them in life. In our preschool area (three-five), we present biblical learning materials with a hands-on approach to help establish an active faith in God in the hearts of the children. We seek to encourage all children in a growing, loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Children's Ministry Director
Melissa grew up in Panama City, Florida and attended Gulf Coast college. She has lived in the Birmingham area since 1995 and has been a Kindergarten teacher at SMCS since 2000. She joined the SMI Staff in 2015. Melissa has been married to her wonderful husband, Bill, for 23 years and has two grown boys, Jay and Drew. She enjoys photography, coffee, and the beach.
The Children’s Ministry at SMI exists to teach children the gospel and deepen their love for Jesus.
Women's Ministry Director
God has given Kris a passion to motivate women to live near His heart. Her gift of exhortation has delighted women in the United States, and other countries. She loves bringing encouragement from God’s Word. As she often says, “There’s nothing better than an open Bible and a room full of estrogen!” Her love for women is evident as she teaches the truth of God’s Word clearly, passionately and with the color and enthusiasm only Kris can bring. Her constant desire is to equip women to know God intimately and to live joyous, purposeful lives in the light of Scripture. Her favorite ministry is serving alongside her husband who is currently the new senior pastor at Shades Mountain Independent Church in Birmingham, AL.