Mel Tavares has a unique background that makes her relatable to people from all walks of life. She is passionate about equipping people to thrive in a life of purpose and passion. She has been mentoring, counseling, and encouraging (particularly women) for over 30 years. Sometimes over a cup of coffee, sometimes through the printed page, and sometimes she speaks to groups. Regardless of the method, her message is the same-"Rise up and be all you were created to be!" Mel holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling.


An award-winning author who has written four books under her name, Mel is a contributing writer to several books and magazines, has served as a ghostwriter for ministry leaders, and coached dozens of published authors.

You'll likely find her at her local church serving on staff, or in her writing studio, or in the kitchen whipping up dinner for her growing blended family of seven kids and ten grands. If you still can't find her-check the front porch. She's often seen there sipping a cup of coffee. If not there, it is likely she's somewhere along the Connecticut Shoreline catching waves or a sunset with her beloved hubby, Joe. 

2021 Appearances

  • Faculty member/Wksp Teacher  Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference

  • Faculty Member/Wksp Teacher Colorado Christian Writers Conference

  • Podcast Guest

  • Guest Blogger

  • Speaker Fall 2021 Southern Christian Writers Guild

  • Contributing writer for Inspiration Ministries

  • Contributing writer for 

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  • Contributor-DaySpring's 2021 Release "Sweet Tea for the Soul: Comfort for Grieving Hearts"

  • Founder and current president of the Connecticut ACW Chapter-Kingdom Writers

If you are interested in having Mel appear on your podcast, blog, or at an event you are hosting (both virtual and in-person) please email her at