MELISSA FAY BENSON is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi, and the first child of Gus and Flora Williams. She is married to her best friend, Kenneth Benson, and they have four children: Lincoln, Charles, Miles, and Jasmine.
Melissa enlisted in the United States Army in 1992 and retired in 2016 as a Major from the US Army Nurse Corps serving our nation honorably for more than 24 years. She is an Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in Women’s Health and Obstetrics. Currently, she serves as faculty for the Nursing Program of a comprehensive public college in San Antonio, Texas.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Nursing Science at Columbus State University, Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Nursing in Parent Child Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialist, at Azusa Pacific University. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University where she will complete her Master of Divinity in Healthcare Chaplaincy in Fall 2022.
Melissa was called into ministry at an early age and accepted her calling while stationed in Stuttgart Germany under the leadership of Pastor Larry Moore. She is currently a member of Resurrection Church, Schertz Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Ray D. Brown. At Resurrection Church, she is an active Minister of the Gospel, serving in the Women’s Ministry, Magnification Ministry, and Mission Ministry.
An inspiring author, Melissa published her first book, No More Fear, Becoming I Am in 2022 after completing a 9-month birthing and delivery bootcamp called Birth Your Brilliance™ created by Dr. Merle Ray of Houston, Texas for Dr. Cassandra Scott Ministries. Through the one-on-one coaching and group mentoring offered by Dr. Scott and Dr. Ray in the program, Melissa was empowered to allow God to continue the work that He had already begun to walk Melissa out of the shadows of fear to becoming I AM.