Shirley grew up in Perth, Ontario. She and her family moved to Montreal in 1972 where, in
preparation for ministry, she studied at McGill University and Presbyterian College. While in Montreal, Shirley was ordained and later completed her Doctor of Ministry degree.

Shirley has many years of ministry experience as pastor in Forest, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, and as Interim-Minister in Port Perry and Ashburn, Ontario.

Shirley has lived in Guelph since 1993 when she and her husband, Herb, were Called to serve at Westminster-St. Paul’s as co-pastors.

At Knox, Shirley is responsible for pastoral care for seniors, and the Pastors Aid visitors, initiating new ministries for seniors, hospital visiting, and assisting with preaching duties.