Dr. Melissa Archer

Chair; Associate Professor of Biblical Studies mlarcher@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in English and Secondary Education, Ashland University
MA in Biblical Studies, Ashland Theological Seminary
ThM in Biblical Studies, Columbia Theological Seminary
PhD, Bangor University


Before coming to Southeastern, Dr. Melissa Archer was an instructor for New Testament and Biblical Languages at Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. She also served as an adjunct instructor at Lee University. Prior to that, she taught Greek and New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Archer has served with her husband, Dr. Kenneth J. Archer, as co-pastor of three churches as well as the college pastor at Woodward Church of God in Athens, Tennessee. She is an exhorter with the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Dr. Archer received her PhD through Bangor University in Wales. Her dissertation is entitled ‘I Was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’: A Pentecostal Engagement with Worship in the Apocalypse. She is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature as well as the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Dr. Archer teaches the following courses: New Testament Survey, Introduction to Biblical Languages, Biblical Greek, I and II Corinthians, and Pastoral Epistles.

Brief Highlights

  • Published “The Worship Scenes in the Apocalypse, Effective History, and Early Pentecostal Periodical Literature.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 21.1 (2012), pp. 87-112.
  • Wrote “The Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet: A Literary Analysis of Revelation 11:15-19.” A chapter in a volume edited by Andrew Davies and Jacqui Grey in the Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies(William Kay and Andrew Davies, general editors), forthcoming in Brill.
  • Published book review over Craig L. Blomberg & Mariam J. Kamell, James. Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008) in Ashland Theological Journal XLII (2010), pp. 138-139.
  • Published essay with Kenneth J. Archer, “Doctrine of the Trinity.” Church of God Evangel 96:11 (November 2006), pp. 6-8.