Melissa Anne (May) Rogers, Class of 1994

 

rogers_melissaMany people do not consider making a bequest until they have worked many years to accumulate significant assets. Melissa Anne (May) Rogers (Class of 1994, M.Div.), only a few years after graduation, was already regularly donating to the Seminary for the Annual Fund. At the age of 28, she included Princeton Theological Seminary in her will. Giving back to the Seminary makes good sense for Melissa Anne. “Princeton Seminary provided me with a world-class education and I will never take that for granted.”

“When I got married and my husband and I rewrote our wills, I put both the church I am currently serving and the Seminary in my will. The Seminary provided more blessings than I could ever return. And even the challenges helped me grow and thrive in the ministry that was to come. Even now, the gifts I received during my time at Princeton are unfolding in ever new ways.”
 
Melissa Anne has been the director of pastoral care at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 2005, and in November, was installed as their associate pastor for pastoral care and congregational life. Prior to joining the staff there, she was a pastor in small congregations in Oregon, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. A trained marital and family therapist, she has also worked as a family grief and crisis counselor for Hospice of Lansing. This work has intensified her feelings of gratitude. “Because I work in pastoral care and share in many experiences with those who are dying, I know how fragile this beautiful life is, and feel compelled to make sure I can give thanks - in life, and in death. Because others had this understanding, my seminary education was supported by their generosity. Now I have an opportunity to leave a lasting gift for future students.”