Shell currently serves as senior pastor at Hixson United Methodist Church in Hixson, Tennessee. He follows the Rev. Randy Martin, who will retire this summer after serving as Scenic South District superintendent since 2017.
Shell is a native of Athens, Tennessee. His home church is Keith Memorial United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Emory & Henry College (1975) and Candler School of Theology (1978).
Shell has served full-time under appointment since 1976 at Oakdale-Woods Chapel, Logan's Chapel, Andersonville-Mt. Pleasant, Concord (associate pastor), Kingston, State Street, Broad Street, and Hixson.
He has served on district committees of Ordained Ministry and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He currently chairs the Conference Personnel Resource Committee.
His family includes wife Cathy, three children, and two grandchildren with another on the way.
The Scenic South District includes 63 churches.