Shelly was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and moved with her family to Arizona at the age of seven. She has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries from Western Bible College, a M.A. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on leadership and a Doctoral Degree from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Shelly is ordained with the Assemblies of God and has served the body of Christ in pastoral ministry for over 25 years, the last 12 ½ as a Senior Pastor.
Shelly comes to Global Teen Challenge with a passion to develop leaders and equip them to live out the call of God on their lives with freedom and purpose. Through the doctoral journey, she has developed a ministry protocol to equip, empower, and engage leaders to maximize their full leadership potential.
Avnel and Shelly have been married for 33 years and have three amazing children, Ariel, Gage, and Wyeth. Avnel is a successful business owner with a heart to help people. Gifted with multiple talents, he provides trade skills to help ministries and communities in many practical ways.