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Melissa L. Archer

Barnett College of Ministry & Theology

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies


Ph.D., Bangor University (Wales, UK) (2014)
Th.M. (Biblical Studies emphasis), Columbia Theological Seminary (2006)
MA in Biblical Studies, Ashland Theological Seminary (1994)
BS in English/Secondary Education, Ashland University (1989)


Dr. Melissa Archer has taught at SEU since 2011 and is Professor of Biblical Studies. Before Southeastern, Dr. Archer taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Lee University, and Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Dr. Archer and her husband, SEU Professor Dr. Kenneth Archer, have co-pastored three churches. She is credentialed with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN).

Dr. Archer earned her PhD through Bangor University (Wales). Her published dissertation is titled ‘I Was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’: A Pentecostal Engagement with Worship in the Apocalypse. She has published essays in academic journals and edited volumes. She has been a guest lecturer and conference speaker at universities and churches in the US and abroad. She is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Some of Dr. Archer’s courses are Johannine Literature, Luke-Acts, NT Epistles, and Revelation. Her research areas are Revelation, worship, and women’s studies.

Publishing Highlights:
Sisters, Mothers, Daughters: Pentecostal Perspectives on Violence Against Women, edited by Kim Alexander, Melissa Archer, Mark J. Cartledge, and Michael D. Palmer. Boston; Leiden: Brill, 2022.

“Was the Spirit Poured out on Women to Remain Silent in the Church? Reading 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-15 in the Light of Pentecost.” In Grieving, Brooding and Transforming: The Spirit, the Bible, and Gender, edited by Cheryl Bridges Johns and Lisa Stephenson, 123-134. Boston; Leiden: Brill, 2021.

“Worship in Spirit and Truth: The Role of Worship in the Fourth Gospel in Concert with the Liturgy of the Apocalypse.” In Spirit and Story: Pentecostal Readings of Scripture. Essays in Honor of John Christopher Thomas, edited by Blaine Charette and Robby Waddell, 88-100. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2020.

“Complementarianism and Egalitarianism - Whose Side are You Leaning On? A Pentecostal Reading of Ephesians 5:21-33.” Pneuma 41.1 (2019), 66-90.