Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian apologetics and holds a BS in general biology from Campbell University. She worked as a bench scientist in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent more than a decade researching the science, theology, and philosophy pertaining to the origins debate. She is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013), the first book in the Young Defenders series, illustrated storybooks that teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children. Volume 2, How Do We Know God Created Life? is scheduled for release in early 2014.