Louis P. Sheldon

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IntroAmerican pastor
Is Pastor
From United States of America
Type Religion


Louis P. Sheldon (born 1934) is a former American Presbyterian pastor, now Anglican priest, and chairman of the social conservative organization, the Traditional Values Coalition. He principally speaks and writes about controversial social issues such as abortion, religious liberty, and public acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. He has appeared as a guest commentator on the Fox News Channel, on programs such as Cavuto on Business, Hannity & Colmes, and The O’Reilly Factor. He has also appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS, and has also been featured in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, as well as on numerous national radio talk shows.


Sheldon was born in 1934 in Washington, D.C., the son of an Orthodox Jewish mother and a Protestant father. He became a Christian in his teens. He earned a B.S. in history from Michigan State University in 1957. Sheldon was married on August 24, 1957 and has four children.

He received a Master M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1960, the year he was also ordained a Presbyterian minister. Sheldon left the Presbyterian ministry after 52 years and was ordained an Anglican priest in March 2012 at St. James Anglican Church (Newport Beach) California, which is part of the Anglican Church of North America. Sheldon was a 2013 delegate representing the Anglican Diocese of the The Armed Forces and Chaplaincy to GAFCON II, the Global Anglican Futures Conference, in Nairobi, Kenya. Sheldon founded the Traditional Values Coalition in 1980 as a non-denominational, grassroots church lobby. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists TVC controversially as a hate group.