Helping God's People

Read God's Word

and Live God's Way

Dr. Mario Melendez

Professor. Pastor. Speaker. 

Mario is the Auguie Henry Chair of Old Testament and Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. He holds a PhD in biblical interpretation from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). He has served in English, Asian, and Spanish churches.

Dr. Mario’s research interests include Biblical Interpretation, Ancient Near Eastern backgrounds and themes, language acquisition and multi-ethnic psychology and ministry. Mario and His wife married in 2012. Rebekah has served as a licensed social-worker (LMSW) in Memphis, New Orleans and now Oklahoma.


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What Others Say

Quotation Mark

Revelation 7:9 depicts a great multitude of believers from different ethnocultural backgrounds serving God together. Since we must pray that God's kingdom would manifest itself on earth as it does in Heaven, Christ's church should reflect the diversity that exists in Heaven. I thank God for scholars such as Dr. Melendez because there is an urgent need for Christian scholars from a variety of backgrounds to use their talents to minister to the body of Christ.

Dr. Matt Akers

(Mid America Baptist Seminary)

Quotation Mark

Having studied together and served churches with Dr. Melendez, I can attest not only to his incredible giftedness as a theologian and teacher, but also to his unceasing passion to make disciples of people from every background. I look forward to seeing how God will use Dr. Melendez in his position as chair of Old Testament and Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University to mentor and encourage the next generation of missional-minded disciplemakers.

Dr. Josh Carter

(Hyland Heights Baptist)

Let's Work Together!

Fill out the form, to petition for Dr. Mario to Preach, Teach, or Consult.

​Areas of teaching and consultation

  • Biblical Interpretation

  • The Story of Scripture

  • Old Testament Backgrounds

  • Biblical Language Learning

  • Expository Preaching

  • Multi-Ethnic Ministry

  • Cross-Generational Worship

  • Church Revitalization

  • Biblical Discipleship

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