Melinda Wenner Bradley has been part of QPI since 2011. She currently works as a religious education consultant and trainer, after 20 years teaching history and religion in Friends schools and serving Quaker religious education programs. After attending a Godly Play® core training in 2005, she began a journey that has woven together her interests in children’s spiritual lives, program development, and how to support families in meeting communities. She has been a Godly Play® trainer since 2010, focusing on trainings for Quaker meetings and Friends schools, and is a co-author of Faith & Play™: Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play® Method. She served from 2007-2013 as the clerk of the Children’s Spiritual Life Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and in 2011 was named by PYM to the National Council of Churches “Circle of Names” campaign in support of women’s ministries. In 2014, she and three other Friends founded the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC), a grassroots network of Friends holding a sense of stewardship for life-long Quaker faith formation through religious education. She believes that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers, and the first step in pastoral care for children is support and nurture of their parents.
Melinda lives with her husband Matt and their three children (ages 13, 11 and 7) on the campus of the school where he is the head of school.