DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty



  • Th.M., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., University College London


Professor Tan hails from London, England. She gained a B.A. in Latin with Greek from University College London (UCL). After graduating, she moved to Taipei, Taiwan, where she spent 6+ years working as a writer/editor for a Christian organization that specialized in producing ESL (English as a second language) TV and radio shows, magazines and other multimedia products, all as a form of pre-evangelism. Melissa moved to Southern California in 2009, to pursue two degrees at Talbot, while also ministering to the Talbot student community on Talbot Associated Students, with her final year as President. Since graduating, Melissa has been teaching Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation to Biola undergrads, and looks forward to serving Biola/Talbot students even more so now as full-time faculty.


  • Award in New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, 2014
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership, Talbot School of Theology, 2013
  • Charles Lee Feinberg Award, Talbot School of Theology, 2012
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Talbot School of Theology, 2012
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