Mennonite Church USA Mourns Loss of Patricia Shelly, Former Pastor and Leader

By | September 8, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Former pastor, professor, and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board member, Patricia Shelly, has passed away at the age of 71 in Newton, Kansas. She had been battling pancreatic cancer for three years.

Mennonite Church USA mourns the loss of Patricia Shelly, a former pastor, professor, MC USA Executive Board member, and moderator. Regrettably, Shelly passed away on September 4, 2023, in Newton, Kansas, at the age of 71. Her courageous battle against pancreatic cancer lasted for three years.

Born on August 15, 1952, Patricia Shelly dedicated her life to serving her community and the Mennonite Church. With an unwavering commitment to her faith, she worked tirelessly to spread the message of love, compassion, and understanding.


Shelly’s journey in ministry began when she became a pastor, leading and guiding her congregation with wisdom and grace. She was a beacon of hope for those who sought solace and spiritual guidance during challenging times.

In addition to her pastoral duties, Shelly was a respected professor, sharing her knowledge and insights with students eager to learn. Her dedication to education and her ability to inspire young minds left an indelible mark on the lives of many.

Not only was Shelly a pastor and professor, but she also served as a valued member of the MC USA Executive Board. Her leadership and commitment to the church’s mission were instrumental in shaping the organization’s future.

As MC USA moderator, Shelly provided guidance and direction to the entire Mennonite community. Her compassionate approach and ability to bring people together fostered unity and understanding among members.

Patricia Shelly’s legacy will be remembered for her unwavering faith, her dedication to education, and her commitment to serving others. She leaves behind a community deeply saddened by her passing but inspired by the impact she had on so many lives.

The Mennonite Church USA extends its deepest condolences to Patricia Shelly’s family and friends during this difficult time. Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who were fortunate enough to know her..