Dr. Melvin Woodard III is the pastor and founder of New Salem Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also a high school biology and chemistry teacher in an urban school setting in the city. Dr. Woodard studied health sciences as an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University before going on to earn an EdD in Organizational Leadership, MBA-Health Care Administration, and MA in Advanced Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University; Doctor of Ministry, MDiv, and MA from Ashland Theological Seminary; a Doctor of Divinity (H.C.) from International University of Ministry and Education; and a MA in Teaching from Marian University. Dr. Woodard has 25 years of working experience as a certified anesthesiologist assistant in hospitals around Cleveland, Ohio; 35 years of pastoral ministry experience; and five years of formal teaching experience. Dr. Woodard is married to Beverly C. Woodard and they reside in Zionsville, Indiana. The couple has four children and four grandchildren.