Deacon Bill Shelton

Bill Shelton (bio)Deacon Bill Shelton was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 26, 1947. He was the middle child of Bill and Christine Shelton. An older sister, Patsy, and a younger brother, Roger, would spend the better part of their childhood in East Atlanta. Bill was greatly influenced by his sister Patsy to know and love Jesus at the age of twelve.

During his teenage life, Bill attended leadership school through the Y.M.C.A. and learned valuable leadership skills with a strong emphasis on Christianity. He attended church regularly and sang in the youth and adult choirs. He graduated from Gordon High School in Decatur, GA. in 1965. Shortly after graduation he spent a short time in the U.S. Navy.

Bill became a career firefighter/paramedic in 1968, and retired after 41 years of service. On August 30, 1970, he was married to Donna Campbell. They currently have two grown children, Jonathan and Robin, and three grandchildren.

Bill has served the Lord in several churches throughout his life. He was a deacon in a mega-church in Decatur, GA., and cared for 60 families. He was trained, as was his wife, Donna, as a Stephens Minister in the Lutheran church.

The Sheltons joined Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC) in 1997, where Bill became a licensed liturgical minister, lay reader, chalice bearer, member of the worship team, and usher/greeter. He applied for Holy Orders in 1998 and attended classes through St. Michael’s Seminary. In November 2002, Bill was ordained as a permanent deacon in the CEC by Bishop John Holloway.

Deacon Bill is a member of the rector’s council at Christ the King CEC in Sharpsburg, GA., serving under the direction of Bishop David Epps. He often serves as the Master of Ceremonies for services of worship. He serves the Diocese of the Mid-South as a member of the Commission on Ordained Ministry.

Deacon Bill is also certified as a law enforcement chaplain through the State of Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. He serves the Peachtree City Police Department where he is known as “Chaplain Shelton.” He is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Chaplains.

Bill’s wife, Donna, is the business manager for Christ the King and is the administrative assistant to Bishop David Epps for the Diocese of the Mid-South. Bill and Donna live in Newnan, GA