About Shannan

I grew up between the Jersey Shore and Philadelphia and have lived at various points in Ohio, Illinois, California and upstate New York in the United States. Internationally, I have lived in Scotland, Greece and Colombia.  Today I make my home in Albany, New York with my husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle who is a a teacher and an artist, our daughter and her pet rabbit.

2001-2009

Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson.  Ministry for families with a specific focus on youth ministry.  In the larger Presbytery led the Cuba Mission Partnership and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry.

2009-2013

Pastor at Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church.  Pastoral ministry, ecumenical work, community engagement and supervision of five students in field education at Princeton Theological Seminary.  In the larger Presbytery served the Mission Study Task Force for a season, the Peacemaking Committee, co-chaired the Transitional Leader Search Team and served as Moderator (highest elected office).

2014-Present

Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery.  Leading the Presbytery through a process of change, growth, transformation and connection.  Leading a team in the Synod of the Northeast to tap into emerging leadership.  Follow us on Twitter at #W44003h

I serve on the National Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship where I work on the Colombia Accompaniment Program.  This role allows me to engage people of faith who are committed to (or learning about) nonviolence and issues of advocacy on behalf of the people of Colombia, especially our church partners.  This is also near and dear to my heart since half our family is Colombian.

I have led mission trips and delegations both nationally and internationally.  My passion is for ministry within faith-based communities and prophetic engagement.

This is my personal website.  It represents only my thoughts and views, not those of the congregations or Presbyteries which employ or have employed me.