Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. Recently, she was profiled 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 apologetics radio programs. She is the author of 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 and Wrong? (forthcoming, 2016). These are known as the Young Defenders series, illustrated storybooks that teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children.
Melissa 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 Bachelor of Science in general biology from Campbell University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in humanities, focusing on the philosophy and theology related to scientific and mathematical thought in the Western tradition and contemporary thought. 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 related to the origins debate.
Due to her teaching and study schedule, Melissa currently accepts only a limited number of speaking invitations each year. For inquiries, please use the contact form on this site.