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Dr. Bruce L. Shelly Dies

Dr. Bruce L. Shelley, longtime Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Seminary, an evangelical seminary founded by the Conservative Baptist Association, died this weekend after having been ill.  I am neither an alumnus of Denver, nor have any other connection, except that I have a longtime friend who teaches there and a more recent friend who is an alumnus.  Shelly wrote several books including Church History in Plain Language which went through 3 editions and was especially useful to students–especially those without much background in the history of the church.  I have used it with laypeople in churches. 

Dr. Shelley was a graduate of Columbia Bible College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa.  He joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1957 and taught there ever since.  He was on the board of Christian History and Heritage . He tried most of all to share the fruits of scholarship in a way that empowered the life of churches. 

A notice from Denver Seminary’s website is here and it includes funeral times and a link for those who wish to donate to the Bruce L. Shelley Endowed Scholarship Fund in lieu of flowers.  It also allows those who knew Dr. Shelley to share remembrances.

Rest from your labors servant of the One Servant.


February 22, 2010 - Posted by | biographical entries, church history, obituaries

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