Out of Shelley’s own battle with self-worth comes a fiery, humorous, and endearing message of one’s identity in Christ: that we are each accepted, loved, and valuable! She knows the cry of women’s hearts in wrestling with the bondage of self-worth and the cage of weight control. Through her book Keys to Unlocking the Cage, Shelley shares her own struggles as she offers tips to breaking free from captivity to embrace our identity in Christ.
Shelley connects with any audience, communicating through wit, humor and authenticity. She uses the combination of her passion and her gift of teaching to make relevant applications pertinent to women’s lives. Her ministry is one of discovery: discovering yourself, discovering your purpose, and most importantly, discovering Christ. With honesty and transparency, Shelley leads women to the heart of God.
As a speaker, she has partnered with LifeWay and The Navigators for regional conferences. Shelley is a certified behavior consultant, served as a Fellow with the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and shared the stage with Lisa Harper, Kathy Troccoli, Sandi Patty, and Lisa Whelchel. Shelley served as co-chair of Governor Mary Fallin’s inaugural prayer service, was appointed to the Employee Assistance Program Council, and in 2013 honored as one of four finalists for Edmond Woman of the Year.
Shelley’s expertise as a middle school educator and her innovative teaching methods have been recognized with numerous awards including teacher of the year and national outstanding teacher in the area of Holocaust education. As a single, never married, Shelley devotes her time to Arise Ministries, a nonprofit ministry she co-founded to educate and encourage women to develop a relationship with Christ.