Recognizing the invaluable input of seasoned ministry wives, the Flowers for the Pastor’s Wife ministry has assembled the Flowers Board of Reference, consisting of women who have a passion for encouraging pastors’ wives, especially those serving in isolated contexts of rural and small-town areas. These women are current or former pastors’ wives, authors, and/or other ministry leaders.
Meloday (Mel) Boyle
Ministry Affiliation: Village Church, Streamwood, IL and RHMA Staff
Bio: Mel is serving alongside her husband who is currently Interim Pastor at Village Church since June 2019. In the past, they planted 2 churches and also served with the EFCA in the Dakotas. Mike was a professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute for 11 years. Mel has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. She enjoys encouraging pastors’ wives and being involved in women’s ministry and Bible studies. She also enjoys time with her 8 grandchildren!
Ministry Affiliation: Village Missions
Bio: My husband, Sam, and I have served with Village Missions for almost 20 years now. We served in a tiny town in NE for 16 years and now have been in Deer Trail, CO, for a little over three years. I am currently heavily involved as a volunteer at the Eastern Plains Women’s Resource Center (crisis pregnancy and other life skills, mentoring, etc). I’m in my 16th or 17th year as an Awana Cubbies leader/teacher and am the worship/music planner for our congregation. I love to teach/lead women’s Bible Study groups and occasionally speak for Ladies retreats, special events, etc!
Ministry Affiliation: RHMA
Bio: I am married to Al Seadore, have four grown children, four granddaughters, and one grandson. At present we are serving in a church in Marquette, KS. I have always loved teaching small groups of women and God is allowing me to do that. A few years ago I was asked to lead worship at a state park ministry. I asked God to make me a woman of worship in my whole life, which He continues to do. Now I enjoy leading the worship at Marquette and at occasional outreaches. Perhaps my biggest joy is interceding for others.
Ministry Affiliation: Faith Today
Bio: Karen Stiller is the author of The Minister’s Wife: a memoir of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness and more (Tyndale House, 2020), a senior editor of Faith Today magazine, and hosts The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Podcast.
She is co-author of Craft, Cost & Call: How to Build a Life as a Christian Writer (Friesen Press, 2019); Shifting Stats Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond (2015), Going Missional (2012); and editor of Evangelicals Around the World: a global handbook for the 20th century (Thomas Nelson, 2015), and The Lord’s Prayer (Wipf & Stock, 2015), by faculty at the University of Toronto (Wycliffe College). Stiller moderates the annual Religion and Society series at the University of Toronto, a debate series between leading atheists and theologians that seeks to generate critical conversations on matters of faith, society and public interest.
Karen is married to Brent Stiller, a priest with the Anglican Church in North America. They live in Ottawa and have three adult children, Erik, Holly and Thomas.
Stiller has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, a communications certificate from Tyndale University College & Seminary, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from University of King’s College, Dalhousie. Stiller holds an honorary doctorate from Providence University and is an honorary alumna at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.
Ministry Affiliation: Walk Thru the Bible
Bio: Wife, mom, grandmother, teacher, speaker, former pastor’s wife. We pastored in IL for 7 years before joining the staff of Walk Thru the Bible in 1992. I am a teacher and speaker and a writer wannabe…in the making!