The Purpose Group
Des Moines, IA
Melissa Patton is the founder of Purpose Community Development Foundation. Melissa has a passion for helping people understand their true purpose and potential in life. She has worked with youth in some capacity her entire life alongside her husband Stanley. She received her BA from Drake University in english writing, and an MA in counseling psychology. Melissa is currently a professor at several universities where she teaches psychology, human services and education courses. She has held a position as the Department Chair of human services. She scheduled, monitored, and trained new faculty. In addition, she has worked extensively in college recruitment, as a family and marriage therapist, a high school counselor and held corporate positions in human resources. She is wife of Pastor Stanley Patton and mother of Micah.
Pastor & Founder
Daybreak Family Worship Center
Des Moines, IA
Stanley Patton Jr. is the Senior Pastor and founder of Daybreak Family Worship Center. Pastor Patton has a passion for people to know Christ intimately and live the abundant life. He has dedicated his life to impacting the world for Jesus Christ. Pastor Stanley believes that the church is more than a building, brick and mortar. He conveys in his messages that the church is a group of people assembled to be relevant and efficient in winning souls for Christ! He has earned two biblical degrees, empowered at-risk youth, created several ministries and worked in the corporate sector. He is a sought after speaker and husband to Melissa Patton. Stanley received his BA from Moody Bible Institute, his MA from Liberty University and is a Doctoral candidate at Bethel University. He is also a humanities professor at Des Moines Area Community College.
Courtney Childs is a Chicago resident who enjoys spending time as a tourist in the Windy City home she grew up in. She has helped manage more than 10 TV commercials and radio spots in her current work as an executive for the number one largest advertising agency in Chicago, Draftfcb, Inc. Her work challenges her to execute "sky-is-the-limit" projects with finesse, extensive detail and enthusiasm. She has carried over these abilities in her extracurricular activities like the working ladies dinner she arranges every month for the young black women in her office and at other agencies in the area. Courtney has also shown just as much spunk with her contributions over the years including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Off the Street Club. In her spare time she is often caught reading or learning a new recipe and more recently Courtney has challenged herself to begin training for a half marathon. She is very enthusiastic to be aiding with the start-up of The Purpose Group, Inc and what it will do for the Des Moines community.
Farm Bureau Insurance
Des Moines, IA
My name is Lynne Bellile. I reside in Johnston, Ia with my awesome 10 year old son Brandon. In 1986, I graduated from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies. I promptly relocated to Phoenix, AZ which is where I began my Insurance career. Personal choices took me to Chicago, IL where I built an agency with Allstate Insurance. After 12 wonderful years in the Chicago suburbs, I was able to sell my agency and come home to Iowa to live near family. My Farm Bureau Agency has been my home away from home ever since.
Some of my experience in the philanthropic arena include: Heading up a Walk-a-thon for the American Diabetes Foundation, Prospect Hts. Women's Club board member, church work in fine arts and media. Oh, and I can't forget coaching my son's baseball teams!
I love to read fiction books and would bake every day if it were not for the fact that I already spend a good share of my time trying to keep the pounds off by walking and swimming.
I don't readily accept invitations to serve on boards of organizations, but when the request comes from the likes of Melissa and Stanley Patton (aka Purpose Group), you don't say , "I'll think about it"....you say, "what do you want me to do?"
Des Moines Area Community College
Des Moines, IA
BA in Psychology: California State University
MS in Psychology: Iowa State University
PhD in Education: Iowa State University
Mr. Stevens brings a breadth of knowledge to The Purpose Group board. Much of his work has been as a statistician in the social psychological community. Mr. Stevens has studied individuals' thoughts, feelings and behavior as they affect or are affected by other individuals.
In addition to his work as a professor and statistical consult he also has spoken on both state and national platforms on various topics related to social psychology. Mr. Stevens is also a published research writer.