Shelly, Patricia J. | Mennonite Church USA Archives
<h3> Education</h3><ul style="list-style-position: inside; list-style-type: initial; list-style-image: initial; "> <li style="margin-bottom: 0.5em; "> B.A., Bethel College, 1976</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0.5em; "> M.Div., Iliff School of Theology, 1980</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 0.5em; "> Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver, 1992</li></ul><h3> Biography</h3> Patricia Shelly has taught at Bethel since 1985, and served as Campus Minister of Chapel and Worship from 1986-1996 and 2000-2003. She graduated from Bethel in 1976 and did graduate work at the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. She completed her PhD. in Biblical Interpretation from Iliff/D.U. with a doctoral thesis on "Amos and Irony".
Shelly developed an interest in Biblical geography and archaeology after eight months of study in Jerusalem in 1981 and has been leading study seminars to Israel/Palestine ever since. Every other January, she teaches a travel course to Jerusalem for Bethel students and other interested persons. She teaches courses in biblical studies, theology, and a course in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
From 1996-2000, while on a leave-of-absence from Bethel, she lived in Jerusalem while serving as the country director for Mennonite Central Committee's West Bank and Gaza program. She continues to speak and lecture about the situation in the Middle East.
Shelly is on the board of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary Great Plains Extension and is a core adjunct faculty member. She is also the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA.
Her most recent publication (1996) is Let All Within Us Praise: Dramatic Resources for Worship, a collection of 45 Scripture-based readers theater scripts and 16 original songs, grew out of her work with the weekly chapel service on the Bethel campus.