Omega Y. L. Shelton
(a/k/a Dr. Kenneth N. Shelton)
Pastor & General Overseer (1991 - Present)
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith
was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, into the Church
of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. As
a youngster, Brother Kenneth N. Shelton played saxophone
with the National Orchestra and worked around the church,
more specifically in the Apostolic Parish House. It
was there that Brother Shelton--the seventh son of Bishop
S. McDowell Shelton, the late Pastor and General Overseer
of the church--began to serve his father.
his father's birthday in April 1976, the church witnessed
and was introduced to the newly ordained of God, Elder
Omega Yediduth Limmud (Hebrew meaning "beloved
disciple") Shelton. During the ordination, Bishop
Shelton prophesied about the promise of his youngest
son, telling the congregation of the strength and faith
of the one who would succeed him. Prior to his assuming
the Bishopric, the younger Shelton served the church
with distinction, holding the titles Administrative
Elder for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Elder
of Oversight for the National Young People's Department.
prophecy of the late Bishop has come to fruition in
his successor's leadership of the church organization.
The death of Bishop Shelton in October 1991 proved to
be a pivotal point in church history. Showing the strength
and leadership the congregation needed, Elder Omega
encouraged and comforted the membership, galvanizing
the flock and maintaining the church's integrity. Subsequently,
on May 24, 1992, seven months after the passing of his
father, Elder Omega Y. L. Shelton was consecrated Bishop.
As the spiritual leader of the Church of the Lord Jesus
Christ of the Apostolic Faith, the cornerstone of Bishop
Omega's ministry is the edification of the congregation
through the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
the Son of God. But the Bishop is not preaching only
to those within the church organization; his is a ministry
of inclusion, whose mission is to spread the ideals
of Christianity throughout the world.
While working to enhance the spiritual development of
his congregation, Bishop Omega began to spread the Gospel
internationally. "Jesus Christ came that we might
be saved, not to condemn," along with "Forbid
him not: for he that is not against us is for us,"
served as the missionary axioms for Bishop Omega's travels.
1993, His Eminence met with former South African President,
Dr. Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg. This historic meeting
was a milestone in that Bishop Omega was the first clergyman
to present a humanitarian award to Dr. Mandela for his
heroic struggles against injustice and persecution.
January 1995, Bishop Omega led an Apostolic delegation
to the Holy Land of Israel; Amman, Jordan; and Mount
Scopus in Jerusalem, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and to bestow the prestigious International Apostolic
Humanitarian Award upon Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin at the Knesset Building and King Hussein I of
Jordan at the Royal Court. On January 20th, atop Mount
Scopus in Jerusalem, Bishop Omega broadcast a live sermon
to the church congregation throughout the Continental
United States. Later that year, Bishop Omega traveled
to Rome, where he was granted a private audience with
Pope John Paul II at the Vatican; he and the Pontiff
discussed occasions for peace and the need to spread
joy and love throughout the world.
In 1998, Bishop Omega accepted an invitation to come
to London for a special live radio broadcast over CHOICE
FM 96.9. He was the first pastor ever to preach live
over the station's airways to a vast population in Britain.
throughout his tenure as the leader of the Church of
the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Bishop
Omega has been honored by national, state, and local
leaders for his efforts on behalf of mankind, which
exemplify the character of Christ and the generosity
and dignity of our great nation. On the occasion of
his 10th Anniversary, the President of the United States
and Mrs. George W. Bush recognized Bishop Omega in a
ceremony held at the local edifice in Washington, D.C.
In addition to citations for service from the President
and the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the United
States Navy Ceremonial Guard presented the Bishop with
a U.S. flag that had been flown atop the U.S. Capitol
in honor of his Pastoral Anniversary in 2002.
the wake of the tragedies of September 11, 2001, Bishop
Omega called the congregation together in unity around
the diocese to support and assist communities across
the nation, both emotionally and economically. For his
efforts, in November 2001, during a Sunday service at
the Delaware church, the Honorable Ruth Ann Minner,
the Governor of Delaware, presented him with a tribute
for nurturing the spiritual health of the people of
her state. His Eminence has received commendations from
the mayors of New York City, New York; Elizabeth City,
North Carolina; and Cape Charles, Virginia.
In addition to reaching world leaders, His Eminence
has a dynamic music ministry that resonates with today's
youth. His music has been receiving national acclaim
since the release of his first nationally distributed
CD, "If It's Right... God Has Made It Right,"
in September 2001. Bishop Omega and Glorious Hope--the
musical chorus that accompanies him in songs of praise
and worship--joined "Grammy-Award winning Christian
music artist, Fred Hammond, for an outdoor gospel summer
concert in September 2005, on the church's 110-acre
estate in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Omega continues to travel throughout the Continental
United States and abroad, spreading God's Gospel and
living a life that counts for Christ. He is a selfless
preacher of the Word and teacher of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Elder Omega completed his high school education in 1975
at the accelerated learning institution, Penn Center
Academy in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, he started
undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in
Coral Gables, Florida, before moving on to the American
College of Switzerland at Leysin, where he received
his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in
1982 and Master of Arts degrees in the areas of human
behavior and political science in 1984. In 1985, Elder
Omega earned an Alliance Français degree from
Ecole Schulz in Switzerland, certifying him as an accomplished
linguist. In addition to English, he is fluent in French
and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese.
Bishop Omega returned to his alma mater, the American
College of Switzerland, in 1995, where he received an
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his outstanding
accomplishments. The distinguished Bishop was Keynote
Speaker at that year's graduation ceremonies.
Bishop Omega Shelton is married to Lady Donna Marie
Shelton. Together, they are the proud parents of a son
and two daughters.