Dr. Russell Shelley

Residency Director

Russ Shelley began teaching in the West Coast Baptist College master's program in 2011. He is the Elma Stine Heckler Professor of Music at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA where he chairs the music department, conducts the Concert Choir and Choral Union, and teaches courses in music theory, music appreciation, and aesthetic philosophy. He holds bachelor degrees in sacred music and music education from Baptist Bible College, a masters degree in vocal performance from Mansfield University, and a doctorate in music education from Penn State. In addition to his work at Juniata, Russ is music director of the State College Choral Society. Through his conducting and teaching, he has worked in 31 countries. He has served as a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent at Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Huntingdon. Russ and his wife, Debbie, have two college-age children and are involved in the music program at their church.