Pastor's Bio

Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman

Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman is a motivational speaker, community activist, Afrocentric educator, senior minister and pastor for the past thirty-six years. He is currently in his fifteenth year as the pastor of the Greenville Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Charlotte, NC) the denomination known as the "Freedom Church", the church of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Paul Robeson, Booker T. Washington and Harriet Tubman.  

Dr. Shipman is a graduate of the University of N.C. - Charlotte (double major in Religious Studies and Political Science), received his Masters of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC), and completed his doctoral work at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, at Virginia Union University (Richmond, VA) in 2004.  A native of Durham, North Carolina, Rev. Shipman's career experiences include being a news reporter and an Account Manager for sales for IBM.  

He is the son of the late Dr. F. George Shipman and Louise McKoy Shipman, former president and first lady of Livingstone College.  He is married to the former Teresa L. McNair, retired Executive Director for Licensure and Personnel Staffing for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and they are the blessed parents of twenty-two years old twins, Joshua McKoy and Jamiel Baker Shipman, and an energetic ninth grader, Joy Scott Shipman, fifteen years old.