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Rev. Earl E. Shelp, Ph.D., Founder

Together with his colleague Dr. Ronald Sunderland, Dr. Earl Shelp founded Interfaith CarePartners in 1985 in response to a need for basic caregiving among early victims of HIV/AIDS. Under his leadership, Interfaith CarePartners has developed the Care Team® model of congregational care giving, and in its first 25 years, Care Team volunteers have amassed 1.75 million hours of service.

Dr. Shelp received a Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1976, and was an instructor of medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine and of theology at the Institute of Religion, both in Houston, and a visiting professor in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. He has published over 30 articles in scholarly journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Medical Ethics and the American Journal of Public Health, and from 1985 to 1992 focused his energies on the challenges to religion, ethics, medicine and public policy fostered by the AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Shelp is a member of the Executive Committee of the Delegate Council Class of 2006 – 2012, National Interfaith Coalition on Aging of the National Council on the Aging, Washington, DC., a member of the Society of Christian ethics, and in 1999 received the Americas Award by The Positive Thinking Foundation founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.



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