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Holy Trinity Baptist Church

"The Church Under the Command of God - Commanding People to God"

Dr. Vernon D. Shelton, Sr., Pastor

A Servant of God

Dr. Vernon D. Shelton, Sr.

is a native of Baltimore, MD. He attended Coppin State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Dr. Shelton earned a Master of Divinity Degree at The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the United Theologi​cal Seminary, in Dayton, Ohio. He is the Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Amityville, NY. Dr. Shelton is the Founder and President of the Developing Disciples Empowerment Institute. He served six years as the President of The Congress of Christian Education of The Eastern Baptist Association of NY. Dr. Shelton currently serves as the Vice-Moderator At-Large of Eastern. He also serves as an area Vice-President for the Empire Baptist Missionary State Convention Congress of Christian Education.

He was recently appointed to serve as an Assistant Dean of the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education. Dr. Shelton is a writer for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Study Guide. He is a federally certified Chaplain, ​and a Supervisor-In-Training in the CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Program at The St. John Episcopal Hospital, and College of Pastoral Care. 

Dr. Shelton serves on the Rental Board for the Town of Babylon, and is very active in the Amityville community. In addition, Dr. Shelton is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is the author of seven books, and founder and CEO of Developing Dreams Pu​blishing Company. He is a firm believer that every aspect of life and ministry should be done in excellence. His favorite motto is “Excellence is not the standard, but the minimum.” He is a devoted husband to his wife, LaPrena, and the proud father of Terrance, Monique, Myriah, Ayona, and Vernon, Jr. He is the proud grandfather of his grandson Amari. 


The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.Luke 4:18-19