Meet Stephen and Melissa Roberts
Directors of Rahab's Women & Children Home, INC.
Stephen and Melissa Roberts are both coaches. Stephen is a coach and trainer of athletes from elementary age to professional athletes status and Melissa is a certified coach who helps women become empowered and grow in their divine purpose. They have a heart to serve and enjoy getting to serve the mothers and their children of Rahab's House. They have six adult children of their own, two grandchildren, and many adopted children who have grown to know them as mom and pop.
We are passionate about serving one of our most vulnerable population groups. We are committed to making the world a better place by pouring into the hearts and lives of our community. We believe that it does take a village, and once you have learned better, you can do better.
We believe with biblical principles, coaching, counseling,strict guidelines, structure and love, we can make a difference in a family's life. We believe if we can help shift the mind, body, and spirit then generations are transformed forever. Every mother is the bearer of a generation and if we can help one mother, we are helping generations to come.
Functional Athletic Speed Trainer
Coach Roberts has coached for a few schools over the past decade and a half. Starr’s Mill High School, Our Lady of Mercy, Griffin, Luella, Hampton High School, Woodland High School, and Trinity High School Griffin. He has over 20 years of coaching experience in various sports. He has mentored many football players that went on to play college football at all levels (DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and Junior College). Two played in the NFL. In track and field, he has had over 33 state qualifiers, 22 state finalists, 1 state runner-up, 3 state champions, and 1 USA Olympian. Being over the sprint, hurdle, and jumps at Hampton, Woodland High School, and Trinity High School Griffin, he has produced over 25 state qualifiers, 21 state finalists and 3 state champions. Coach Roberts had 10 state qualifying relay teams, 4 state finals teams, and 2 state runners-up.
He has mentored numerous athletes and their parents to the college level and provided coach connections to consider athletes for potential college track and field scholarships.
Stephen received his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University, is a Level 1 USATF Track and Field Coach and is certified in strength and conditioning.
Coach Roberts is married to Melissa for over 30 years, and they have six children and two grandchildren, who are all very active in sports and have gone on to play collegiate football, track and field, volleyball and professional track and field. He attributes his love and passion for the sports to being once a student athlete and now a coach and understanding from both sides, as well as helping student athletes compete with a dedicated work ethic.
Melissa C. Roberts
Melissa C. Roberts is CEO and Director of Rahab’s Women and Children Home, Inc. and a Professional Life Coach certified through The John Maxwell Leadership Team. She has a master’s degree in the Studies in
Human Behaviors from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
In 2012, while working as an adjunct instructor and Career Services Coordinator at Point University, she worked as a master’s Level Counselor for the Touch of Healing Counseling Center, where she facilitates Grief Share small groups and conducted one on one counseling sessions. In 2017, Melissa worked as the Associate Director of Career Services at Clayton State University for three years. She now owns and operates Living Whole LLC, and works fulltime as a coach, consultant, and trainer. Melissa is also an adjunct instructor at Point University.
Through her coaching and consulting practice, Living Whole, LLC, she helps others view life through a wholeness lens to achieve a healthy balance of their mind, body, and spirit. As a consultant, she facilitates trainings, workshops, and webinars with organizations on professional development and honor (diversity training for faith-based organizations) training. She serves clients one on one by helping them to clarify their life purpose so they can achieve their goals. Melissa is the founder and editor of God’s Whole Woman Magazine, an online publication, which encouraged women to live positive lifestyles in wellness, healthy living, self-care, and awareness. She is the founder of the Women’s Empowerment movement which is designed to empower and inspire women to move out of the way of themselves to accomplish their dreams.
As a Certified Professional Coach, Speaker, and Training; Melissa is also an Independent Contractor Coaching at the Touch of Healing Counseling Center in Griffin, Georgia, Runfast, Inc. and Ryse Athletics, LLC where she coaches athletes on how to improve their emotional intelligence. Her online membership is called Living Whole Academy where she provides courses and produces a podcast called, Tea Time with Melissa.
Melissa resides in Griffin, Georgia with her husband, Coach Stephen “Stretch” Roberts, III of over 31 years. Stephen and Melissa Co-own a nonprofit organization called RunFast, Inc. which helps to guide and educate the community on good health practices in both competitive and non-competitive sports and performance. They spend their summers by coaching and training athletes to compete both collegiately and professionally. They have six adult children and two grandsons. Melissa enjoys spending time with family, traveling, watching movies, outdoors adventures, and adding value to the lives of others.
Jessica Elain Pitts-Gunter
Jessica Elain Pitts-Gunter is a 38-year-old from Atlanta, Ga. Jessica graduated from American Intercontinental University as an undergraduate, majoring in Business Administration with emphasis on healthcare, and later graduated with an MBA, with emphasis on operational management. Jessica is a wife and mother of 7, with 4 biological children, and 3 bonus children: ranging in ages from 22-15 months.
Jessica holds certificates and certifications in FDA and ISO Auditing, and Process Development and Improvement (Six Sigma, Greenbelt). She has over 18 years of business administration experience and has been blessed with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop her experience in various sectors; including, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Chemistry, Hematology, and Microbiology), Medical Device Manufacturing, Automotive Manufacturing, and Plastics manufacturing.
Jessica has been hired to facilitate and moderate Value Stream Mapping Events for industry leaders such as, VA Medical Center, CDC, Wabash National, International Delight, Clorox, P&G, to name a few, within proven results and cost savings equivalent to over $5 million dollars (US currency).
As a representation of resilience, tenacity, and faith, being a teenage mother, growing up in the inner city of Atlanta, Ga; Jessica is committed to serving others; especially teenage, or young single mothers that may need guidance or mentorship to understand the fundamentals required to overcome circumstantial challenges and use those opportunities to create abundance in their lives. Understanding that wealth can be interpreted in various ways, Physically, mentally, and spiritually, Jessica is dedicated to achieving and helping others achieve this balance and freedom.
In Jessica’s spare time, she enjoys, dancing, painting, vintage and antique treasure hunting, and most of all singing. She is an active member of the Griffin First Assembly of God church choir and praise team, participating in weekly praise and worship services. She is a member of the Women’s Empowerment group, and volunteers to support Rahab’s house when needed and or available. Jessica is familiar with volunteering, as she volunteered for the VA Medical center from the age of 12-19, after which being hired as a back office medical assistant and phlebotomist.
One of Jessica’s favorite quotes is: “People will forget what you say, and what you do, but will always remember how you make them feel”-M. Angelou. This was a quote that was engrained into Jessica by the teachings of her mother, and became her mantra, and goal to always be cognizant of they way she makes people feel. Because of those principles, Jessica attempts to convey the love of Jesus Christ in all of her encounters.
Joshua Roberts is an Assistant Teacher at Montessori School at Emory with ten years of experience helping children and their families reach their full potential academically as well as socially and emotionally. He specializes in youth and community development. Joshua uses that experience to develop and implement impactful programming. He is a writer of poetry, short stories and children’s stories.
Pastor Emeritus and Counselor
Chester Milner was born and raised in Pike County, Georgia. His early educational tenure occurred in Griffin, Georgia, where he graduated from Fairmont High School. He attended Gordon Junior College and Albany State College, earning an associate degree in criminal justice.
Emeritus Pastor Milner worked in Law Enforcement as a Policeman, Correctional Officer, Recreational Director, Correctional Counselor, and Probation Officer. Pastor Chester Milner’s primary focus in ministry was planting United Christian Fellowship and leading a congregation in spiritual growth and community service for twenty-eight years before passing the lead to his eldest son. Currently, he is a spiritual counselor and community activist. Also, he ministered to death row inmates for sixteen (16) years.
Emeritus Pastor Chester Milner is married to Shirley Milner. He has four (4) children, including one daughter Sonia Adams and three sons, Robby Milner, Gerald Milner, and Corey Woolfork. In addition, he has ten grandchildren and many spiritual sons and daughters.
Emeritus Pastor Milner is retired from Public Employment with the State of Georgia and United Christian Fellowship. And he remains active in prison ministry, Griffin Men of Action, and his community.
Stephanie Coker is a longtime resident of Griffin, though she has lived in Illinois, Texas, and New Jersey. She works with her husband Dr. Mark Coker, a local pediatrician, supporting him in administrative duties. They have four children, ages fourteen to twenty-two. Stephanie and her family have been active members at Griffin First Assembly since 2010. Stephanie is passionate about apologetics and the importance of scripture in the lives of believers. She is excited to be a part of the mission of Rahab’s House and the building up of women and children’s lives in Griffin.
Keyanna Lauren Skipper
Keyanna Lauren Skipper is an Interior Designer. She works as a creative specialist, Interior Designer for Flor and Décor. Keyanna lives in Newnan, Ga with her husband, Dezmond and dog, Grizzly. Keyanna has a heart for children and encouraging woman to be their very best selves in everything they do. She is the Founder of Red Terracotta, a Polymer Clay Jewelry business and creates and designs each pair of earrings, bracelets, and clay trays with a special encouraging message to women of the God given beauty they possess.
How We Can
Make a Difference
If you desire to be that village that it takes to help homeless mothers and their children, Rahab's is the place for you.
I am so excited to see what the Lord has already done, and is yet to do, through the ministry of Rahab's House. The desperation of homelessness needs to be met with the hope that comes from Jesus Christ! What I love about the mission of Rahab's House is that the spiritual mission is paired with the practical equipping of job and life-skills training. Just like Jesus walked alongside His disciples to give them daily training to equip them for their future ministry, the team at Rahab's House is equipping the women in their care to walk out their new calling, too!
As a young woman I've come to know over the past few months has persistently struggled with homelessness, and she has not been able to think more than day to day in her hopes for the future. Now that she is at Rahab's House, I see a new light of hope in her as she plans for her future. She's planning on getting her GED, and she is even hoping to go to college!! I'm so proud of her, and I'm grateful for the ministry of Rahab's House in her life!
Since I've been in this program, I feel a difference in my mind, body, and even my soul because I've learned how to do things differently in my everyday life. I've learned to be humble and can't wait to see what else is in store. I love how they have us doing things that I don't do in my everyday life like life coaching, bible study, and group counseling. To me, these are the things that you would need to become more focused on who you are trying to become