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The Rev. Shelley McDade The Rev. Shelley McDade is interim pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in New York, NY.

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The Rev. Shelley McDade

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Episcopal Church of the Ascension, New York, NY

The Reverend Shelley D. McDade is interim pastor of the Church of the Ascension in New York, NY. She was appointed interim pastor after serving as associate rector there.

Shelley was born and raised in Claymont, Delaware, as a member of the Atonement United Methodist Church.

She earned her B.A. degree in Radio/Television and Marketing at Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio, in 1983 and spent the next 24 years working in the marketing and advertising fields while living throughout the United States and the Pacific.

In 1996, Shelley moved to New York to continue her career but also found herself growing more spiritually in the richness of all God has to offer in this amazing city. She found a special call to worship in the Episcopal Church and after serving for several years in homeless outreach and other lay and healing ministries, she entered the process for ordination in the Diocese of New York.

Shelley earned her Master of Divinity in 2010 from The General Theological Seminary here in Chelsea. She serves as a member of the Eastern Orthodox Committee through the Ecumenical Commission of the Diocese and will continue in her call to serve the city of New York through her work on Ascension Outreach as Executive Director.

Shelley has three sisters and extended family and friends who reside (mostly) on the East Coast.



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The Rev. Shelley McDade

Love in Transformation

Galatians 1:11-24

3rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

June 09, 2013

The Rev. Shelley McDade (TEC)


Within our Western culture we believe ourselves, our lives and our homelands to have certain rights when it comes to choosing how we are to live and what we are allowed to do with and within those lives.  We often go to great lengths to argue or stand up for or against issues that may be keeping us from those appointed freedoms. We even appoint ourselves gatekeepers for those whom we feel are being kept from those rights.  Borders, relationships and law become our battle ground.

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