The Rev. Shields was ordained into the ELCA on August 18, 2007 and began her first call at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. She is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH, and is a native of Rockford, IL. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Ball State University, Muncie, IN, where she majored in sociology and recognized her call into the ministry. Her seminary studies were at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH, with her second year of seminary spent at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, a historically black seminary in Atlanta, GA. The Rev. Shields serves as a co-pastor at Peace Lutheran Church.