The Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She received the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University, the Master of Divinity degree and the Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. Rev. Shaun is the University Chaplain, at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. As Chaplain, Shaun provides spiritual care and pastoral support with persons of all faith traditions or none, within the campus community and beyond. Along with her chaplaincy duties, Shaun leads the weekly Gospel Service and co-directs the Gospel Choir. Shaun founded “Got Spirit?” the annual Gospel Music Workshop & Concert held annually at St. Lawrence. In 2019, they celebrated the 15th Anniversary Gospel Workshop! Through this workshop and other music initiatives, Shaun has brought many people together across racial/ethnic/cultural/religious difference. Shaun’s other campus commitments are North Country Ambassador, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and co-coordinator of the Restorative Practices Community.
Shaun is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Shaun’s ministry commitments include: Committee on Ministry for the Black River-St. Lawrence Association of the United Church of Christ, New York Conference; (AAWIM) African American Women in Ministry organization within the UCC; Board of Directors and member of WomanPreach, Inc!
Shaun has been a worship leader in small and large gatherings, from churches to festivals and national conferences. Before full time ministry, Shaun worked in Chicago’s radio industry for 14 years. As a preacher, teacher, writer and singer, Shaun focuses her work on breaking down barriers and building relationships that are inclusive, reconciling and affirming.