Michael Shelley

 Michael Shelley

AddressLutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

B.A., University of Toledo,
M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary,
Th.M., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago,
Th.D., University of Birmingham, England,

Michael Shelley is dean and vice president for academic affairs and serves as director of the Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Ordained in 1979, he is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

From 1979-2003, he and his wife, Joanne, served as ELCA missionaries in Cairo, Egypt. There Shelley’s principal work was in congregational ministry and theological education. He served as the pastor of the Heliopolis Community Church (1979-1982) and St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo (1988-1998), and as director of graduate studies and professor of church history at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (1998-2003), which is the official seminary of the Evangelical Synod of the Nile, the Presbyterian Church of Egypt. Shelley taught courses in the fields of Christian-Muslim relations and the history of Middle Eastern Christianity. For twelve years (1991-2003), he was also on the teaching staff of the Dar Comboni Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies, an institute established by the Comboni Order to train Catholic religious for work in the Muslim world. Shelley has also taught at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, England, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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