Shannan Vance-Ocampo serves the Presbytery of Southern New England as General Presbyter. Previous to this call Shannan served as the Transitional Presbytery for Albany Presbytery in New York, Pastor/Head of Staff at Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ and as the Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ. Shannan serves the national church as Co-Moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and as an Elected Member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies (honors) from The College of Wooster, a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and coursework towards a Masters in Public Policy at Monmouth College. She also spent an undergraduate semester at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. For the last ten years, she has co-supervised a program of human rights accompaniment in Colombia, South America through Presbyterian World Mission, the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry at Hartford Theological Seminary.
Her passions are for organizational change, prophetic leadership and congregational transformation. Her husband Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and their daughter Sofia Elena is an artist and “mom” to Pepsi the House Rabbit.