A Servant of God
Dr. Vernon D. Shelton, Sr. was born on April 24, 1975 in Baltimore, MD and raised in the Park Heights Community. He attended Coppin State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. An avid athlete, Shelton played for Coppin’s baseball team under former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair; and eventually, he went on to play semi-pro baseball in the state of Maryland.
Dr. Shelton earned a Master’s of Divinity degree at The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University Seminary. Dr. Shelton has an earned Doctorate of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary, in Dayton Ohio.
He received and accepted the call to the preaching ministry at the age of 26 and preached his initial sermon on March 1, 2002 at Jerusalem Baptist Church. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Shelton served as the Senior Pastor of The New Hope Christian Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. On September 19, 2010, Dr. Shelton was installed as the tenth pastor of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Amityville, NY.
Under Dr. Shelton’s leadership Holy Trinity has experienced significant growth, spiritually and numerically. God has blessed Holy Trinity to add another morning worship service. He has instituted a New Disciples Orientation, Children’s Church, a Leadership Training Program and many other new ministries. Holy Trinity has undergone major renovations to the sanctuary, fellowship hall and annex office building. Dr. Shelton has also led the congregation in a Capital Campaign, which they successfully raised money to install a parking lot at the church.
He serves as the President of the Eastern Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education. He also serves on the trustee board in Eastern Baptist Association. Dr. Shelton is very active in the Amityville community serving on numerous committies and boards. His desire is change the community one life at a time.
Dr. Shelton is a firm believer that every aspect of life and ministry should be done in a spirit of excellence. His favorite motto is “Excellence is not the standard, but the minimum.” He is a devoted husband to his wife, LaPrena, and the proud father of Terrance, Monique, Myriah (stepdaughter), Ayona, and Vernon, Jr.
Dr. Shelton is the proud author of the book, "Picking Up The Pieces."
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.Luke 4:18-19