Dale is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School, being ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1987. Dale's passions are teaching, reaching out to those who feel excluded by church, and sharing how Jesus put compassion into action! Dale is a certified Spiritual Director and has developed seminars on topics like practicing compassion, an evolving faith, forgiving, speaking your truth, and releasing the flow of blessings. Like BELOVED, Dale's three core values are grace, inclusion, and compassion. Dale has been married to Shelly Jones Suggs for 37 years. They have four adult daughters and three beautiful girls who call Dale, "Grandad!"
Minister of Spiritual Growth and Well-Being
Shelly has always had a passion for accompanying and guiding others along their own spiritual journey. She has served as an elder, teacher, and curriculum writer over many years in several congregations on the Christian Church (DoC). A certified spiritual director, Shelly enjoys working with children, youth, and adults. Shelly completed a Master of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology in May, 2017.
Interim Associate Minister
VeAnn is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and holds a Masters of Divinity in Interfaith Chaplaincy from Claremont School of Theology. VeAnn has over 20 years experience working with youth, young adults, and families, launching after-school programs and directing camps and retreats, and she is a certified sexuality educator through Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sexuality education program. VeAnn has journeyed with people through many life stages including birth, aging, illnesses, and death. Her compassion and ability to be present with individuals and families in a variety of situations is a personal strength. She is thrilled to serve BELOVED while she also completes her clinical hours for ACPE board certification as a chaplain.