Rev. Alex Shelley is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey. He moved to
Virginia in 1984 and continued his education in Henrico County public
schools, graduating from Varina High School in 1990. He started his
higher education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA.
Rev. Shelley served as an engineer in the United States Marine Corps
Reserve. After being honorably discharged from the Marines, he
attended Richmond Virginia Seminary and graduated in May 2003, with a
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. In May 2009, he earned his
Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University Samuel Dewitt
Proctor School of Theology and is currently finishing a Master of Arts
degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in
He is a member of First Union Baptist Church in Mechanicsville. His
Father in Ministry was the Late Rev. B. S. Giles, who licensed him in
1999 and ordained him in 2001.
Pastor Shelley was installed as the 11th Pastor of Mt. Olivet on
October 4, 2009 and is approaching his 4th Anniversary. Pastor Shelley
did not come in making sweeping changes but took the time to get to
know the people. He listened, he asked questions, he observed, he
advised, and he focused on church growth and intentional prayer.
Church membership has increased during his tenure and Mt. Olivet has
made some improvements to the physical structure.
He was employed by the Ukrops Food Market & Martin’s for many years
but resigned this job that he might have the time to focus on the
needs of the church family as well as to advance his ministerial
Pastor Shelley is a passionate servant leader: passionate about the
God he serves; passionate about the Word he teaches and preaches;
passionate about the people he pastors; and passionate about all
mankind coming to the knowledge and truth about who God is and His
plan of salvation for all mankind.
God ordered his steps to Mt. Olivet and he continues to lead Mt.
Olivet with integrity, wisdom, love, care and concern.
One of his favorite sayings is “If it
had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be!”