Announcement has been made of the engagement of Melanie Kirka, of Bethlehem, and Christopher Brown, of Quakertown.

A July 12 wedding in Hellertown is being planned.

Kirka is the daughter of Sarah and Edward Sinko, of Bethlehem. She graduated from Southern Lehigh High School, Center Valley, in 2001. She received a bachelor’s degree in crime, law and justice, from Penn State University, State College, in 2004, a Spanish teaching certification from Moravian College, Bethlehem, in 2009 and is pursuing a master’s degree in restorative practices at the International Institute for Restorative Practices, Bethlehem. She is employed by Dieruff High School, Allentown, as a Spanish teacher.

Brown is the son of Leisa and John Brown, of Jersey Shore. He graduated from Jersey Shore Area High School in 2003 and attended Lock Haven University. He is a staff sergeant in the Army National Guard with E Co. 228, Lock Haven. He has served for 11 years with two tours in the Middle East. He is employed by Bucks County Department of Corrections, Doylestown, as a correctional officer.