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  • The Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. Stackhouse (Shelly) was born in Cleveland, Ohio the same summer as the United Church of Christ.
  • Her academic degrees include a BA in English from Millersville State College (PA), a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University.
  • Ordained in 1982, Shelly has served as settled pastor for UCC churches in Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts. She has served as Interim Pastor for churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • As a professor of Worship and Preaching, she has been on the adjunct faculty at Lancaster, New Brunswick, Hartford and Moravian Seminaries and currently at Yale Divinity School. Shelly is the author of one book, The Language of the Psalms in Worship, and numerous articles and book chapters.
  • Shelly is married to Dr. P. Gavin Ferriby, University Librarian at Sacred Heart University, and they are the parents of three children, Luke, Leah and Benjamin.
  • Shelly serves on the board of directors of Interfaith Cooperative Ministries and has served the UCC nationally and regionally on boards related to mission, justice and worship.
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