Dr. Shelly Melia serves as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. She is the program director for the Master of Arts in Family Ministry and the Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry. She is also a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and trauma with a special interest in the study of resilience. For over 25 years she served in churches in Oklahoma, Florida, and Texas as a children’s and family minister. Most importantly, she is the proud mom of three children: Nathan, Lexi, and Braden.