The Reverend Dr. Shelley Best wears a million different hats.
She’s the pastor of Redeemer AME Zion Church, she has an MA in religious leadership from Hartford Seminary, and an MDiv from Yale University and a doctorate in ministry from Hartford Seminary with a specialization in faith-based community development. She’s a yoga teacher and a visual artist.
Best likes to call herself a soulpreneur, and welcomes anyone interested in becoming one too. We recorded our interview during the beforetimes, at the 224, a communal ecospace in Hartford that she founded as part of the conference of churches. When she was 25, Best was A young professional, an active church member, coming into her faith after the struggles she faced growing up. One valuable takeaway from this interview is that Best found her lifeline through a community that she showed up for. In that community she was able to find healing and make connections which inspired her to pursue her soulpreneurial vision.
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