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A Positive Life

Living with HIV as a Pastor

Shane Stanford is a teacher, speaker and author committed to connecting people in significant relationships with Christ and each other.

Shane is the Senior Pastor of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida.  GBUMC is an innovative congregation of nearly 5,000 members and has an average worship attendance of approx. 2,500.

Shane is also the Chief Vision Architect and Teacher for Making Life Matter Ministries, a teaching and resource ministry committed to Loving Jesus and Loving Like Jesus in the world.

A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and Duke University, Shane also has two years of advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy and Ministry Issues.  He has a great love for helping families live healthy and Christ-centered.

A dynamic, effective motivational speaker, Shane travels extensively sharing his journey as an HIV+ Hemophiliac and Christian minister.  Shane recently spoke, at the invitation of Rick and Kay Warren, at the Global AIDS Summit for Saddleback Community Church in California.

Shane is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and currently serves on the steering committee of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund and as a commissioner for United Methodist Communications (UMCOM).

Shane's books include:

o    The Seven NEXT Words of Christ (Abingdon Press, 2006).
o    The Eight Blessings (Abingdon Press, 2007).
o    365 Devotions for Men by Men (Contributing Author-- Abingdon Press, 2008).
o    When God Disappears (Regal Books, 2008). (Foreword by Deanna Favre)
o    A Positive Life (Zondervan, February 2010) (Foreword by Kay Warren)
o    You Can't Do Everything... So Do Something (Abingdon Press, May 2010) (Foreword by Len Sweet)
o    Aching for Answers (Abingdon Press, Fall 2010)

Shane writes a regular blog/evotion entitled Making Life Matter and has published articles in Alive Now!, Giving, Worship Connection and The Upper Room.

Shane is represented by the MacGregor Literary Agency and by Command Performance Speaker’s Bureau. 

However, if you ask Shane, he will tell you the most important job in his life is being a husband and father. Shane is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford, an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. They are the parents of three daughters, Sarai Grace (12), Juli Anna (9) and Emma Leigh (5).