Dr. Bruce Shelley passes away
- Feb 24, 2010
Dear Denver Seminary Community,
Our beloved Dr. Bruce Shelley went home to be with the Lord this past weekend. We join the family in grieving this loss. Many of us have been profoundly shaped by Dr. Shelley and we already miss him greatly.
A funeral service for Dr. Shelley was held in the Simpson Chapel on Denver Seminary’s campus at 2:00pm on February 23rd.
The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dr. Bruce L. Shelley Endowed Scholarship Fund. If you wish to make a gift, please follow this link: – be sure to select the correct fund from the “category” drop down box in the giving form. If you prefer to mail a check, please use the address below, make checks to “Denver Seminary” and write “Shelley Scholarship” in the memo line.
If you wish to write cards or letters to the Shelley family, please send them to:
6399 S Santa Fe Dr
Littleton CO 80120
You may also share your tributes to Dr. Bruce Shelley on this web page, simply scroll to the bottom of the page, log in and leave a comment in the comment box.
Please continue to pray for the Shelley family: Mary, Marshall, David, Karen and their spouses and children.
Mark Young, Ph.D.
Statements from Administration
"For over fifty years Dr. Bruce Shelley has been a defining presence at Denver Seminary. Those who sat under his teaching and those who taught alongside him speak lovingly of this scholar-gentleman with a passion for Christ and His Church. As a new seminary president, Dr. Shelley never missed an opportunity to speak words of encouragement and affirmation to me. His voice was the voice of history; it grounded me in the seminary’s legacy and gave me confidence to move ahead on that firm foundation. We’ve lost a giant and a friend." - Dr. Mark S. Young, President
"Bruce Shelley was one of the finest teachers I ever had the privilege of sitting under. He was passionate about the role of the church and through his life and words, encouraged others to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ. I recently used his book Church History in Plain Language with a small group Bible study in our church. Bruce, through his writing, made church history come alive as he painted pictures of leading figures and clarified complex issues. Illustrations from the Charlie Brown comic strip punctuated his speaking and Bruce laughed at the relevance of the cartoon strip along with his audience. He was a faithful husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was mentor and friend to countless individuals in our community. Bruce Shelley will be deeply missed." - Dr. Randy MacFarland, Provost/Dean
Dr. Shelley's last sermon
Mary Shelley graciously allowed Dr. Shelley's last sermon preached at Aspen Grove Community Church on their website. As Dr. Scott Wenig said at Dr. Shelley's funeral, "it was probably his best sermon."
If you would like to listen to the sermon, please go to Aspen Grove's website and click on the link at the top of the page that reads, "Click here to listen to a Dr. Bruce Shelley sermon."