Rev. Wayne Mell served 25 years as a Presbyterian minister until his retirement in 2014. He pastored churches on the Navajo reservation and the Mexican border in Arizona. From 2001 to 2014 Wayne served as pastor of two churches in Taos and Ranchos de Taos, in northern New Mexico, and has long been an active student, volunteer advisor, and teacher at Ghost Ranch, the nearby Presbyterian Conference Center. He continues to preach and teach at Presbyterian churches in the area.
Before entering the ministry, Rev. Mell received a doctorate in history from the University of Oregon. He taught at Wayne State College in Nebraska, then worked five years for the Oregon Committee for the Humanities in Portland until entering San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1985.
Wayne and his wife Carol, an accomplished art photographer, live in Rio Rancho, near Albuquerque. They enjoy exploring the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Southwest, which includes deep-felt listening to people from diverse spiritual and cultural traditions in quest of our shared wonder in the mystery of creation. They also delight in frequent family gatherings and evenings spent with Wayne’s guitar and a mother lode of folksongs.