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Pastor. Writer. Speaker.


Melissa is the pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church, and a graduate of Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Melissa's writing regularly appears Christian Century, where she is a Voices columnist. She has also written for Sojourners, Geez, Anabaptist Witness, The Bias, Image Journal, Faith&Leadership, and Anabaptist Vision. She is the author of Fire By Night: Finding God in the Pages of the Old Testament and How to Have an Enemy: Righteous Anger and the Work of Peace. As co-chair of the Wake County Community Remembrance Project, she helps to establish memorial for victims of race-based lynching. Melissa organizes around efforts to shift resources from policing and prison to community wellness. You can read her regular writing on Substack


How To Have An Enemy

Fire By Night

My Books


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