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 by Biola and holds a BS in general biology from Campbell University. In 2014, Melissa will begin her doctoral research in the history, philosophy, and scientific thought pertaining to human nature.
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. She is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013) and How Do We Know God Created Life? (Apologia Press, 2014), the first two books in the Young Defenders series, illustrated storybooks that teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children.