True Vine Baptist Church

Irvin D. Melvin
Founder/Senior Pastor
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.
Shearline Y. Melvin
Evangelist Shearline Y. Melvin is Pastor and First Lady of True Vine Baptist Church, where she also serves as the President of the Women of Excellence Ministry. A native of Williamsburg, VA, Evangelist Melvin was called to the ministry in 1998; licensed in 2000 and ordained in 2004. Evangelist Melvin received her Associate in Art Degree in Theology from the Friendship Institute of Theology in Newport News in 2006. She organized the Women of Excellence ministry to minister to the needs of women from all walks of life. She continually teaches and encourages all women to seek God and His Word for strength and guidance in their daily lives. She is a featured columnist on religious topics for the Daily Press newspaper in Newport News and a sought after speaker at Women’s Day services, conferences, and revivals.
Harold Holmes
Associate/Dir. of Christian Services
Min. Harold Holmes was born in Round-O, SC and graduated from Colleton County High School in 1961. He joined the Army shortly afterwards and enjoyed a 26-year career. Doing this time, he attended St. Leo College and also graduated from First Sergeant Academy in 1986. After settling in the Tidewater area, he attended Grafton Baptist Church where he became an ordained deacon, he worked as a Christian counselor with the youth program and a Sunday School teacher. He was licensed into the ministry in 2004. He and his wife joined True Vine in 2011 and he was ordained the same year. They formed the Vacation Bible School program and he is the Director of Christian Education.
Carolyn Holmes
Associate Minister
Min. Carolyn Holmes is a Jacob, Florida native where she graduated from Cottondale High School. She acquired a B.S. degree in Computer Administration and later an Associate degree in Theology, B.S. degree in Church Administration and a certificate in Christian Counseling- all from Florida Theological Seminary. She was licensed into the ministry in 1997 by Dr. George R. Gholson (Grafton BC). The Holmes came to True Vine in 2009 and were named Associate Pastors by Dr. Melvin. They started the Noonday Bible Study in 2014.