Melissa accepted Christ at an early age and began christian service at Greater Saint Luke A.M.E. Church, Malone, Florida, where she served in many capacities until she relocated to Pensacola, Florida in 1994. Melissa joined Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in 2004. She currently serves as Church Administrator and a member of the MPBC Praise Team. She also served as editor of the church newsletter from 2005-2008.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from the University of West Florida. She is currently employed as a probation officer with the US District Court, Northern District of Alabama.