Shell has been married to Missy since 1986 and they reside in Marietta, GA. Their son SJ, his wife Tina, their children Cooper, Maddox and Hudsyn Jo live in Smyrna, GA. Their daughter Summer Joy, her husband Gary and their children Laiden and Kennedy live in Hiram, GA. In February, 1982, after graduating from high school, Shell began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and shortly afterwards recognized the call of God upon his life to enter the ministry. Since 1986, Shell has served churches in Louisiana and Georgia as a youth pastor, worship leader, business administrator, senior associate pastor and lead pastor.
In 2003, Shell completed his undergraduate degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude and receiving the honor of Co-Valedictorian, from Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, GA. During this time, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average for each semester, was a member of The President’s List each semester and was selected as the 2003 Student of the Year by the college faculty. He is also a member of The National Dean’s List, a member of Who’s Who Among College Students and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Chi National Honor Society. In 2009, Shell received his Master of Arts degree from Beulah Heights University. Shell’s future plans include completing a Master of Divinity degree and pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry.
In addition to his family life and pastoral duties, Shell has been privileged to serve the following organizations in various roles: Georgia District of the Assemblies of God, Beulah Heights University, Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, SuperSmyrna, First Priority Ministries, Steering Committee for the City of Smyrna’s Vision for the Community, Smyrna Citizen Corp Council, the chaplain for the Smyrna Fire Department, head chaplain for the Smyrna Police Department, as a chaplain to the City of Smyrna, GA employees and as the chaplain for the Smyrna Business Association and as a member of the Code 7 Foundation.