Melissa Cain Travis serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. Recently she was profiled alongside her colleagues in “The Unexpected Defenders,” Christianity Today magazine’s April 2015 cover story. Melissa was also interviewed for the April 2015 Her.meneutics piece entitled “The Apologist Mom.” She has been interviewed live on American Family Radio, as well as various apologetics radio programs. Melissa is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013), How Do We Know God Created Life? (Apologia Press, 2014), and How Do We Know Jesus is Alive? (Apologia Press, 2015). Known as the Young Defenders series, these illustrated storybooks teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children.
Melissa earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian apologetics by Biola and holds a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from Campbell University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in humanities, focusing on the philosophy and theology related to scientific and mathematical thought in the history of Western civilization. Melissa worked as a bench scientist in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree. She has spent more than a decade researching the science, theology, and philosophy related to the origins debate.
Due to her teaching and study schedules, Melissa currently accepts only a limited number of speaking invitations each year. For inquiries, please use the contact form on this site.
Melissa Cain Travis, MA
Reliability of the Gospels and Acts
Is the primary source material for the life of Jesus of Nazareth trustworthy? How do we know the documents have been faithfully transmitted over the past two millennia? Moreover, can we be confident that they communicate historical facts?
Defending the Resurrection: Five Minimal Facts (Related to Young Defenders Book 3)
Without the truth of the Resurrection, the Christian faith is in vain. There are compelling reasons to believe that the Resurrection is historical, and the case can be made using only facts that are accepted by the majority of New Testament scholars, including those who are skeptical of Christianity.
Intelligent Design 101 (Related to Young Defenders Book 2)
Is the Neo-Darwinian account of nature sufficient to explain the complexity of living things, or does the evidence point more strongly to a Designer of life? The genetic code exhibits characteristics that defy naturalistic explanations for the origin of life. (Earth-age neutral)
Cosmology and the Existence of God (Related to Young Defenders Book 1)
A philosophical and scientific case can be made for the necessity of a First Cause of all things—a cause that must have theistic attributes. Does theism provide a superior explanation for the observable cosmos, or was Carl Sagan correct when he said, “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be”?
It’s Not All Relative: The Case for Objective Morality (Related to the forthcoming Young Defenders Book 4)
How do Christians communicate the truth of the Gospel in an age when many deny the very existence of objective truths? How has moral relativism impacted human history, secular education, and attitudes towards religion? The Christian conception of moral values and duties is crucial for making sense of reality.
Exploring Creation Models
An objective, diplomatic introduction to the various Christian approaches to the science and Scripture related to origins. How have science and Christianity interacted throughout history? What can the Church learn from this? A condensed, single presentation or a detailed, multi-part series. (Earth-age neutral)
Adam and Eve: Fact or Fiction?
Human origins is a hot topic with the church and the secular scientific community. What are the different views of the related Scripture within Christendom? Is the traditional belief in a historical Adam and Eve still scientifically viable? What do the fossils, artifacts, and DNA really say? (This presentation is neutral on the age of the earth, but does include standard dating from paleoanthropology for informational purposes.)
Bioethics: The Case for Life
In a culture that has devalued the life of the unborn, how can Christians best argue for the sanctity of life? Are there good arguments for the pro-life position independent of Christian Scripture? What should the Church be doing in the crusade for the unborn?