Dr. Melvin Harter enrolled at Lee College in Cleveland, TN in the Fall of 1969. He graduated in May 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in Greek.
In the Fall of 1974, he enrolled at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He graduated in May 1979 with a Master of Divinity in New Testament Theology degree and a minor in Hebrew.
In 1978-79, Dr. & Mrs. Harter studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, Israel. It was here where Dr. Harter studied the Geographical & Historical Setting of the Bible.
Dr. Harter also attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, Ohio from 1976-78, and in 1982 where he studied "Archaeology," and another special course entitled, "Between The Testaments." These were very interesting classes and gave tremendous insight into the Word of God.
He continued his studies at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio from 1983-84 where he studied Hebrew I & II as well as Poetry of the Old Testament. During this time, he was a 4.0 in his studies. It is understood that Pontifical College Josephinum is one of the few seminaries in the world that is directly under the Pope at Rome and not the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1986, Dr. Harter studied theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio located in Delaware, Ohio under Professor Roger Hazelton.
In 1994, Dr. Harter obtained his Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary. His thesis was entitled, "A STUDY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND PROBLEMS OF DISPLACED MINISTERS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH"