Wendy grew up in Mobile, Alabama where she was active in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA and then went on to serve as Young Adult Volunteer in Mission with the PCUSA. Wendy served in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a youth worker at Ballynafeigh Community House as well as an assistant pastor at Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church. Upon returning to the States, she worked for the PCUSA Peacemaking office traveling to presbyteries and churches talking about peacemaking in Northern Ireland.
In March 2001 Wendy became the Associate Pastor for Youth and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN. While there she married Brian Shelby and in June of 2005 they left First Presbyterian for Wendy to become the solo pastor at Highland Presbyterian Church in Maryville, TN. It was during those years that her children Isaac and Rebecca were born.
Wendy enjoys looking at the intersections of faith and life. She is passionate about worship and sharing the good news of God's love for all people through service and mission. Most of her extra time is spent playing with her children and nurturing her relationship with her husband, but she does love to cook, especially to bake. She has fun walking with her two dogs, and she loves to read and to travel.
Wendy is excited to be the Pastor of Bethel and looks forward to building relationships at the church and in the community.