Mel is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and he holds a Masters of Science from Iowa State University. Mel retired as a Lt Colonel from the military on January 1, 1980. After military retirement, Mel attended Covenant Theological Seminary and graduated in 1984. For 3 years Mel was an assistant pastor at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church in St. Louis and Senior Pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church for 17 years when he retired in 2005. Mel is Married to Kay and they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, awaiting great-grandchildren, the Lord willing.