Pastor Shelly A. Satran has served at OSLC since January 28th, 2007. Pastor Shelly began in the role of associate pastor and then moved into the role of co-pastor in August of 2016 alongside Pastor Mark Bernthal. Pastor Shelly and Pastor Mark share worship leadership, preaching, administrative responsibilities, pastoral care, long-term planning and visioning, and general pastoral responsibilities. Additionally Pastor Shelly works specifically with the education and volunteer ministries at Our Savior. These ministries serve all in the family of God, and have specific programs for K to 12 through Christian education, middle school confirmation, and adult education.
Pastor Shelly loves ministry to God’s people in the church. One of her favorite verses in scripture is from Psalm 122, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'” Pastor Shelly is passionate about engaging youth of all ages in worship leadership and participation. See her ELCA worship blog post on engaging children in worship. Pastor Shelly has written articles for Sundays and Seasons Preaching resource (2016, 2018) and has been the preacher at both the Fl/Bah Synod Assembly and FL/Bah Synod Conference on Ministry.
Prior to coming to Our Savior, Pastor Satran and her husband Kent Annan lived and worked in Haiti. They both speak Haitian Creole. Pastor Shelly’s husband continues to work for Haiti Partners, a non-profit Christian organization focused on education. Kent Annan is also an author of three books published by IVP.
In addition to her experience in Haiti, Pastor Shelly was previously a pastoral assistant at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hainesport, New Jersey. Pastor Shelly is originally from North Dakota. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, with a Bachelors of Science. She then obtained her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Following her graduation from Princeton Seminary, Pastor Shelly spent some time focusing specifically on “Lutheran Studies” and obtained a Masters in Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Pastor Shelly and her husband Kent have two children who keep them smiling and on their toes, Simone and Cormac, and a pet hedgehog, Juliet.