Born in Historic Selma, AL in the early 60’s, and spending her formative years in the Pacific Northwest in Tacoma, WA afforded Shelia a culturally diverse perspective of community. Nonetheless, the African American Church has been the bedrock of her faith and values formation.
She and her husband founded New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Kent, WA in 2005. As Director of New Member and Discipleship Ministries, Shelia was introduced to the work of Compassion International on a vision trip to Honduras. That experience captured her heart, and she has been an advocate for “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name” ever sense.
Shelia is excited to be a part of the African American Relations Team (AART) whose intentional engagement strategy is called The Village Movement. The movement’s mission is “Releasing children from global poverty, in partnership with the local church in communities of African Descent, one child, one family, one community at a time.”
Shelia develops relationships and solidifies partnerships within the Three Pillars of the African Community: Church, Campus and Community. She counts it a privilege to share the life changing work of Compassion with pastors, community leaders and other persons in the African American community who hold shared values.
“As disciples of Christ, we are to follow his commandments and teachings. The Village Movement provides collective opportunities for all to live out both the Great Commandment and Great Commission as we seek to grow global disciples together.”