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.