Campus minister Melissa Cheliras dies following battle with cancer

Melissa Cheliras, Baptist campus minister at the University of Richmond, died Feb. 10, following a four-month battle with esophageal cancer. She was 33.

By Robert Dilday

Melissa Cheliras

Cheliras had been part-time collegiate minister at UR since last summer. She also served as coordinator of the Kairos Initiative, a revisioning of campus ministry being developed by the emerging leaders team of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. In that capacity she worked closely with other campus ministers employed by the Mission Board.

Earlier, she was associate director of Baptist collegiate ministries at Virginia Tech. She also had been a collegiate ministry volunteer at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.; director of a Christian fellowship at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; and collegiate minister at New Colony Baptist Church in Billerica, Mass.