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Patricia Shelly

  • Professor of Bible and Religion, Bible And Religion
  • Education:
  • B.A. Bethel College 1976
  • M.Div. Iliff School of Theology 1980
  • Ph.D. Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver 1992


About Patricia: Patricia Shelly is professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, where she has taught since 1985. She also served as campus minister of chapel and worship from 1986'96 and 2000'03. Patty graduated from Bethel in 1976 and did graduate work at the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 1980 and completed her Ph.D. in biblical interpretation in 1992 with a doctoral thesis on 'Amos and Irony.' Patty lived and worked in Jerusalem as director of Mennonite Central Committee's programs in the West Bank and Gaza. She has led study seminars to Israel/Palestine since 1982. She has served on the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA for 10 years and began a 2-year term as Moderator of MC USA in July, 2015. She is an active member of Bethel College Mennonite Church.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.