Shirley Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/ minister with a B.A. (English/French) from Texas Southern University, an M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance) from Texas Southern University, M.Div. (Theology) from Houston Graduate School of Theology, and additional studies on a Doctor of Ministry degree. She retired from public education with 36 years combined experience as an English teacher and secondary school counselor in the Houston Independent School District and Los Angeles Unified School District. Shirley also taught freshman English on the collegiate level for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and operated a private practice counseling service (LPC) for several years.
Shirley was ordained after completing seminary while serving in ministry with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in the United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service has been in the United Methodist Church, her childhood years were equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter in her third year as a marketing/fashion design major in college. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies at her church and serving wherever needed, tutoring school age children, helping individuals and families, reading and watching her #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros).