Baptism by Fire

Like many new meeting planners, Melody Aldrich had to grow with the job. Fortunately, the job also grew with her. She was working as an accountant in 1989 when 12 people formed the Philadelphia Church of God. After her day job, Aldrich would work on church business. “Someone had to do the convention planning,” Aldrich says. “I volunteered and was volunteered.”

From a small start, the church grew “exponentially,” she says. Its first convention included 231 people; the second year 500 a

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