Dr. Shelly Melia is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Childhood education in the Graduate School of Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to her academic career she served in churches in Oklahoma, Florida and Texas. Most recently, she served as minister to young families for eighteen years at First Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. In addition, she is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas specializing in grief and trauma. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of three children ages 13, 15 and 17.