Irvin D. Melvin
Dr. Irvin D. Melvin is founder and Senior Pastor of True Vine Baptist Church. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he began his ministry at the age of ten and preached his initial sermon at the age of 16. In 1980, he was ordained and after graduating from high school with honors, he continued his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University and Richmond Virginia Seminary, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, a Master of Divinity in Theology and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity. He received an accredited Doctor of Ministry Degree from Unity Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 2012.
After his tenure at Colossian Baptist Church, he founded the True Vine Baptist Church located on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News which celebrated 20 years in 2015.
Married to Evangelist (co-Pastor) Shearline Y. Melvin, they have five children and 15 grandchildren.