Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.
Rev. Andy Shelton has served as the Director of Chapel since 2015. He is the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Durant, Oklahoma and serves on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma. He is the president of the Durant Ministerial Alliance and is a member of the boards of Texas Impact and Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers. A theological reflection group leader since 2011, he served as Brite’s Interim Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
His prior ministry experiences have included judicatory work in North Texas and outreach ministry with Mexican and Central American immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he served as vice president of the California Council of Churches IMPACT and president of Marin County Interfaith Worker Justice.
Andy received a bachelor of arts in journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master of divinity in pastoral counseling and pastoral theology from Brite Divinity School in 2003.
After graduating from Brite he taught high school English in Saltillo, Mexico. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, his ministry has included travel to Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Brazil.