Melissa Fryrear has served in vocational Christian ministry for over twenty years. Her first position in senior leadership was as the Executive Director of a biblically-based counseling ministry in Lexington, Kentucky. Next, from 2003 to 2010, she served at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado in positions such as social issues analyst, departmental director within public policy, media spokesperson, and keynote conference speaker. In 2010, she moved farther west to serve as the first-ever women’s shepherd at a 3,000-member church in Prescott, Arizona. During her almost four years in that role, she envisioned and executed an all-encompassing women’s ministry including: Bible studies, women’s conferences, special events, prayer meetings, and outreaches to specific life stages such as infertility and widowhood. In the fall of 2014, she launched Daughters of Grace Ministries, finally giving expression to a dream that had been growing in her heart for over a decade. Because of her deep love for God’s Word and her desire to see believers built-up into the fullness of its truths and promises, one of the ministry’s main outreaches are expository Bible studies which Melissa teaches on entire books of the Bible. These types of in-depth studies are unmatched in that they allow for the rich inclusion of a book’s history, details of the writer, cultural distinctives, its placement within the canon of Scripture, as well as individual word studies in the original Hebrew or Greek.
Melissa holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, graduating magna cum laude in 2004. Having completed the coursework summa cum laude in the spring of 2016, she is currently in the dissertation phase in a Doctor of Ministry program at Regent University’s School of Divinity, concentrating in Christian Leadership and Renewal. Her dissertation focus is, “First Century Koinonia in the Twenty-First Century Church as Expressed in 1 John 1:3.” Melissa has also been ordained since 2010 through the Evangelical Church Alliance International.