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Meet Rev. Ann Champion Shaw

Fifth-Generation Preacher

Rev. Ann Champion Shaw, a native of Orlando, Florida, is a fifth-generation preacher and the youngest daughter of the late Mrs. Annie C. Champion and the late Rev. Dr. George L. Champion, Sr. She received her B.A. Degree in English from Clark Atlanta University and her M.Div. with honors from Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA. While residing in Atlanta, Rev. Ann’s ministerial experiences included: Director of Christian Education at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, mentor for the Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) Emory, Candler School of Theology, and board member/facilitator for the Youth Hope Builders Academy at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). 

Employed in Missouri for fifteen years in healthcare chaplaincy, Rev. Ann’s ministerial purpose and passion is grief and bereavement. She has completed a two-year chaplain residency with the ACPE Midwest Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Research Medical Center and Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center, Kansas City, MO and has worked in both the Hospice and Hospital clinical settings in St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she is the past Central Regional Chaplain and has served on the Farwest Regional Chaplain Council. 

Rev. Ann is happily married to the love of her life, Rev. Robert Ryland Shaw, II. Together, they have served Allen Chapel AME Church, Kansas City, MO, St. John AME Church, St. Louis, MO, and Bethel AME Church, Kansas City, MO. Presently, she is the Executive Pastor at Bethel “The House” AME Church, San Francisco, CA and currently serves as a Human Rights Commissioner for the city of San Francisco. One of she and husband’s greatest joys is parenting their two children, Raven Noel Lovelace and Robert Ryland III. You can find more of their ministry on Bethel AME “The House” Church website: 

She is thankful to God for allowing her to teach and preach both nationally and internationally including Sheffield, England and Lusaka, Zambia. Her published writing contributions include: The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and The First Lady: African American Pastors’ Wives in Their Own Voices. 

Her latest venture is the highly anticipated memoir entitled WORTH: A Story of Favor and Forgiveness that is set to be released in March of 2022. This will be her first book. Above all, Rev. Ann loves the Lord with her whole heart.

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