Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. She is a Contributing Writer for Christian Research Journal and author of the Young Defenders apologetics storybook series: How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013), How Do We Know God Created Life? (2014), How Do We Know Jesus is Alive? (2015), and How Do We Know Right from Wrong? (forthcoming, 2016). She is currently writing a popular level science and faith book for Harvest House Publishers that will go to print in early 2018.
Melissa is pursuing a PhD in humanities, focusing on the philosophy and theology related to scientific and mathematical thought in the Western tradition and contemporary scholarship (anticipated completion, late 2018). She earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University in 2012, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian apologetics by Biola and holds a Bachelor of Science in general biology from Campbell University.
Melissa was featured, alongside her colleagues, in the April 2015 cover story of Christianity Today magazine, “The Unexpected Defenders,” and solo for the April 2015 Her.meneutics piece entitled, “The Apologist Mom.” Previously, she has been interviewed live on American Family Radio and various other apologetics radio programs.
Melissa 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 related to the origins debate.
Due to her teaching and study schedule, Melissa currently accepts a very limited number of speaking invitations each year. For inquiries, please use the contact form on this site.