Dr. Shelley Ashdown is full of practical wisdom and sunny humor. Here at Dallas International she teaches Research Writing, Globalization, Biblical backgrounds, Christianity Across Cultures, and various seminars. Ask her about Kenya, and she will say, “Oh, we loved it there.” Shelley’s experience in international service shows in the classroom as she trains this generation of students.
At 8 years old, Shelley knew that serving overseas was the path for her. She says, “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.” With the support of her family she pursued cross cultural service, meeting her husband James in college. After teaching at a university in Thailand, Shelley and her husband moved to Nairobi, Kenya. Shelley taught in a seminary while frequenting the African wilderness as she engaged with the nomadic Ndorobo people. Shelley and James knew they were in the right place, doing the right work.
In 2004 Shelley transitioned to a teaching role at Dallas International. One of her joys is developing curriculum and writing courses. She also loves talking to prospective students, counting it an honor to be involved in the Lord’s direction in their lives in a small way.
Other Interesting Facts:
Shelley is an Anthropology Consultant for SIL.
Shelley and her husband are exact opposites—a match made by God.
She says, “Inside I’m a frustrated Chicago Bear middle line-backer. Definitely.”
“Bananas are the perfect fruit. They make the sun come up every day.”
“In the village I learned how to take a bath with 2 cups of water. If I have 3 I can wash my hair.”