Rev. Dr. Melanio L. Aoanan was born on May 15, 1945 at San Jacinto, Pangasinan, to a Protestant family. His parents were farmers and so, he grew up herding/pasturing carabaos, goats, cows and other livestock. By dent of hard work and determination he was not only able to pursue college education but also finished masteral and doctoral degrees from the different universities in the country. He finished AB Philosophy at Philippine Christian University, Manila in 1966; conferred Master of Divinity at Silliman Divinity School, Dumaguete in 1971, Master of Theology at Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology (SEAGST) in 1974, and Doctor of Theology at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo De Manila University in 1994.
As an academician, Dr. Aoanan had been engaged in research writing. He had authored eight books and published several scholarly articles in journals and magazines. He participated in various national and international conferences where he either read papers or as a panel discussant. He received a National Award for being Outstanding Educator in 1994 given by the Private Education Retirement Annuity Association (PERAA) and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS).
Dr. Aoanan has been involved in the Theological Education for last 42 years. Among the Seminaries and Universities where he taught include the College of Theology in Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Union Theological Seminary, Silliman University in Dumaguete, De La Salle University in Manila; and Institute for Formation in Religious Studies in Quezon City.
He had served the Church Among the Palms in UPLB, Laguna as Administrative Pastor from 2000-2004; and had served as Registrar and Professor at the Union Theological Seminary. He was also the Chairman of the Ordination Review and Examination Committee of the South- Luzon Jurisdiction, UCCP. On March 15, 2007, he was elected as President of Southern Christian College and started the presidency work on June 1, 2007 up to 2009.
He is a member of the Program for Theology and Culture in Asia (PTCA) Research Team whose three-volume work (Asian Christian Theologies) was published in 2004. He is also an active member of the Ecumenical Association of the Third World Theologies (EATWOT).
He is married to Mrs. Grace Obias-Aoanan who, like him, is involved in academic career. She was an Associate Professor in Mathematics at the De La Salle University – Dasmariñas Campus. The couple is blessed with four children who are all professionals.