Chris Shirley serves as Professor of Educational Ministries and Associate Dean of the Jack D. Terry Jr. School of Educational Ministries. In nearly a decade of teaching at Southwestern, Dr. Shirley has taught in the areas of adult ministry, family ministry, and discipleship. Dr. Shirley has also served at Dallas Baptist University, where he was the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Discipleship. In addition to these experiences, Dr. Shirley also has 20 years of ministry experience in Christian camping and local churches in North Carolina and Texas.

Dr. Shirley, author of Family Ministry and the Church: A Leader’s Guide to Ministry Through the Family (2018, Randall House) is a frequent conference and workshop speaker in a variety of areas: discipleship, family ministry, men’s ministry, older adult ministry, adult education, and teacher training. In addition, he was written youth and adult Sunday School curriculum, adult and youth Vacation Bible School materials, and Bible book studies for LifeWay Christian Resources. He has also published a number of book reviews and articles in publications such as Southwestern Journal of Theology, Christian Education Journal, and the Evangelical Dictionary of Education.

Chris and his wife, Isabel, have been married for over 30 years and they have two grown children, two children-in-law, and three grandchildren. Chris and Isabel are active members of Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where he serves as an elder and small group leader.