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


Dr. Melissa Archer began teaching at Southeastern University in 2011. Prior to that, she taught at Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN), Lee University (Cleveland, TN), and Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH). Dr. Archer received her PhD through Bangor University in Wales (UK). Her dissertation was published as “I Was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day”: A Pentecostal Engagement with Worship in the Apocalypse (CPT Press). Her book was nominated for the Pneuma book award in 2019. She is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature as well as the Society of Pentecostal Studies, where she serves on the executive leadership.  

Dr. Archer is a credentialed minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and has been a co-pastor of three churches with her husband Dr. Kenneth Archer who also teaches at SEU. She speaks in churches and conferences on a variety of topics, including worship, the book of Revelation, women in the Bible, and women in leadership. She has also preached and taught in Brazil, Switzerland, and Sweden.  

Dr. Archer serves as the chair of the School of Divinity which houses the graduate programs for the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology. She teaches a variety of New Testament courses and Biblical Greek in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.   

Publication Highlights

  • “‘I Was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’: A Pentecostal Engagement with Worship in the Apocalypse.” Cleveland: CPT Press, 2015.
  • “Worship in the Apocalypse.” In Towards A Pentecostal Theology of Worship, edited by Lee Roy Martin, 113-138. Cleveland: CPT Press, 2016. 
  • “Women in Ministry: A Pentecostal Reading of New Testament Texts.” In Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing a Dialogue on Gender, Church, and Ministry, edited by Margaret English De Alminana and Lois E. Olena, 35-56. Boston; Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • Archer, Melissa and Kenneth J. Archer, “Complementarianism and Egalitarianism -Whose Side are You Leaning On? A Pentecostal Reading of Ephesians 5:21-33.”  Pneuma 41, no. 1 (2019): 66-90.
  • Archer, Melissa. “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. Phoenix Press, 2020.