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 recently received a Doctor of Ministry degree. My D.Min thesis was “Making Room: Preaching in a Religiously and Culturally Pluralistic Context.” I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
As Associate Chaplain here at St. Lawrence University, I work with the University Chaplain as a spiritual leader on campus. I 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 SLU Gospel Service is an inclusive and welcoming Christian community, representing a diversity of cultures, experiences, traditions, and beliefs. During the fall and spring semesters we gather for services each Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Eben Holden Center (during chapel repairs). 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 temporarily located in Richardson Hall. Peace & Blessings to you!