Greetings! I am the Reverend Shaun Whitehead and I am a native of Chicago, Illinois. I am a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, where I received a Master of Divinity degree. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools D.Min in Preaching program. I accepted a call as Associate Chaplain, here at St. Lawrence University in September 2003. I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. As Associate Chaplain, I work with the University Chaplain as a spiritual leader on campus. I teach and lead workshops on the history and singing of Spirituals, music of the Civil Rights Movement and Gospel music. Through music, I work to bring people together across racial/ethnic/cultural/religious difference.
My primary duty is pastor of the weekly Gospel Service on the St. Lawrence campus. The Gospel Service is an inclusive and welcoming Christian community that welcomes and fully values all persons. Through this calling, different understandings of the ways God is active among us are openly shared and respected. Our diversity is a gift of the Creator and essential to our witness to the Gospel. Whereas we are rooted in the Christian tradition, we acknowledge, honor, and celebrate the many ways we find our way to the Divine. We seek to be living instruments of God's hospitality. Therefore we welcome all people. During the fall and spring semesters we gather for worship services each Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Gunnison Chapel. Come feed your spirit! Come sing along with our Community Gospel Choir! As cultural and religious pluralism is a concrete reality in our worship community, I see my call as embodying the all-encompassing love of God through breaking down barriers and building relationships that are inclusive, reconciling and affirming. My office is temporatily in Richardson Hall. Peace & Blessings to you!