Distinguished Service -- Melissa (Martin) DeBolt (BSN '10)
Melissa DeBolt was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After high school she attended the University of Saint
Francis to begin working on her nursing degree. During her sophomore year in college she went on a medical mission trip to Haiti as part of the USF Service Learning course. During her time in Haiti, God opened her eyes and heart to a world in need. With a new desire to share Christ’s love with people around the world and in her own community, she returned home and began interning in the outreach department at her church, The Chapel.
During her internship she participated in and helped organize and lead mission trips to Haiti and Ethiopia (eight short-term trips thus far) and also helped coordinate monthly local service projects. In the midst of her service internship she met a
wonderful godly man named Daniel, who asked for her hand in marriage when she completed the BSN in 2010. Since graduation she has been working at the Parkview Heart Institute as a cardiac nurse. However, with a passion to also
serve her brothers and sisters overseas, she coordinated two local benefits for Mission of Hope Haiti to raise over $55,000 to help fund the building of a hospital. In addition, she recently had the opportunity to teach one year of Service Learning at USF.
Melissa and Daniel have plans to serve next year on their first mission trip as husband and wife, and they hope one day to enter full-time ministry together.