Melanie was born and raised in Denton, Texas. She attended Texas Tech University for her undergraduate and graduate studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Melanie met her husband in college and they have been married since  August of 2005. She and her husband have lived in San Antonio since  2006 and in January of 2011 planted Alamo Ranch Community Church,  where her husband is the lead pastor.

Melanie and Michael have five children, two biological and three adopted from foster care. Upon moving to San Antonio, Melanie taught for Northside ISD for 7 years before resigning to begin the foster care journey.

The Lord called the McCracken family to foster/adopt in 2013 after years of infertility, secondary infertility, and a unique experience with one of her students. Through their own foster/adopt journey, they have had the opportunity to encourage others within their church body to answer the call as well. They have been deeply humbled and forever changed. Melanie has a deep passion for the children in foster care in San Antonio and beyond. She began working with the Alliance in the Spring of 2017 and is excited to see all the Lord is going to do in this city until there are more than enough families!