I have been a strong supporter and advocate for OMOL ministry since it was initially launched in 2012. I am passionate about adoption, as I was placed for adoption at birth. I am forever grateful to my birth mother for making the difficult choices and sacrifices that she must have faced. My goal is to help ease the financial burden for families as they go through the adoption process. I have been married to my wife Carol, for 30 years. We have 3 adult children, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. I have a background in Business Administration and Prosthetics, and have been employed with Hanger Clinic for 20 years.
OMOL helps to facilitate a critical need in today’s world by helping to place orphans with healthy loving families. Giving children a chance at a better life is so important and often somewhat lost in today’s culture. If we can help in some way, that is a very important mission. I worked as an attorney for 36 years, most of them with the City of Bismarck as City Attorney. I live in Bismarck with my wife Brenda and we have two adult children. We are very blessed.
One of the first thoughts that people have when they think about adoption is, "it's so expensive!" My desire is that finances would never be a reason Christians don't consider adoption as a way to grow their families. I love that OMOL is passionate about walking alongside families in the midst of this process and we are a ministry that is deeply rooted in the gospel! I am the Coordinator of New Student Programs at North Dakota State University (NDSU). I love working in a student-focused environment that cares deeply about students and families as they make the transition to college through orientation and Welcome Week programming. My husband Calvin and I were married in 2015, and relocated back to Fargo in the summer of 2018. We love the Fargo Moorhead area community and the friends that we get to do life with! We live on the North side where we enjoy our home with our springerdoodle, Gordon!
I believe that as Christians, we are called to “be the church” and make a difference/positive impact in the communities around us. When the opportunity presented itself to assist with the relaunch of OMOL I felt called to be involved in this ministry. I have seen how this ministry has impacted many families and I am excited to be part of what God is doing. I graduated from NDSU with a bachelor's degree in Business. During my time at NDSU I was involved with Chi Alpha leadership. I am self employed, and Co-Founded WeClean, a Tech company that operates in many different states. I live in Fargo, ND with my dog Hobbs.
Josh Skjoldal is the Lead Pastor of Evangel, a multisite and multi-influence church based in Bismarck, ND. Josh’s main priority is building the church through an authentic, relational, and practical style of leadership. He holds an undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Josh and his wife, Jenaye, both grew up in rural communities in North Dakota and have a passion to see God use highly unlikely people to do highly unlikely things in highly unlikely places. Josh and Jenaye have three children: Avery, Lily, and Berkley. The family is incredibly grateful to One More One Less for playing an important part in Lily’s adoption in 2018.
Melissa Artlip is a small-town girl with God sized dreams. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to a multi-passionate life of serving those around her. First and foremost, the biggest value in her life is her faith. Her journey though heartache has led her to a strong evangelical passion for sharing the Good News with others. Next is her family. Melissa is happily married to her husband of 14 years, Tyler and they have two beautiful girls, Lydia and Natalie. When she’s not spending time with her family, Melissa dedicates her time to her career at the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation where she helps corporations infuse values into their workplace. Melissa enjoys her time on the OMOL Board of Directors because of this mission it serves. She is motivated by using her gifts and experiences to further the mission.
I was drawn to the One More One Less ministry through my husband Sean and I’s personal adoption journey in 2019. I am passionate about sharing our testimony of joy and grief through infertility and adoption. I never want a family to feel they are alone, unseen, or unheard. I want our tables to grow longer, for more voices to be heard, for all sides of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents) to be heard. I am passionate about sharing our journey and the journeys of others impacted by adoption, weaving God’s miracles through writing. I work as a pediatric speech-language pathologist with children birth to three and enjoy celebrating every milestone with families through my job! My husband and I welcomed our daughter into our hearts through adoption in 2020. We love living on the edge of town where we have the most beautiful sunsets and spending time with our daughter and German Shepherd dog, Sergeant.