Rev. Shane Nelson

Adjunct Faculty

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
Type: Asynchronous, Online
Units: 3


Shane is a healer, a teacher, a chaplain, and a ritual leader that has been actively walking his path of Nature-Centered Spirituality for over twenty years. His path has led him across the country and internationally, serving the larger Pagan community and training in the traditions of Greencraft Wicca, Asatru, and Druidry.

Healer — Shane earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2017 and his Master of Divinity in May of 2021. Since graduating, he has obtained specialty training and experience in working with trauma, substance abuse, and spirituality. Currently, Shane is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Chaplain helping others heal and grow.

Teacher — Shane is a Professor at Cherry Hill Seminary as part of the Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy department, teaching courses on spiritual counseling, self-care, human development, skills & interventions, and chaplaincy. Additionally, Shane has taught primitive survival summer camp programs and high school career & technical education classes.

Chaplain — Shane serves as a Board Certified Chaplain and is available upon request to provide hospital & jail/prison spiritual care. He provides support for individuals, families, and friends as they experience birth, illness, injury, death, and other major life events.

Ritual Leader — Shane has served as a ritual leader for Sacred Well Congregation since 2006, providing Open Circle rituals nationally and internationally. Sacred Well Congregation is a non-denominational Wiccan organization. Through training and experience gained with Sacred Well Congregation, Shane is legally ordained to provide all rites of passage (Naming & Blessing Rites, Coming of Age Rites, Handfasting Rites, Naming a Sage/Crone Rites, and Funerary Rites). Additionally, Shane serves as the Executive Director and as the Director of Military Affairs for Sacred Well Congregation. Shane has been a participating clergy member of The Asatru Community since 2017, providing rituals upon request. The Asatru Community is an inclusive, international Asatru organization. Shane is completing his Ovat training through the Order of Bards, Ovats, & Druids out of the United Kingdom. Shane earned his Master of Divinity in 2021 and is now earning his Doctor of Ministry degree in Interreligious Chaplaincy.