Louis P. Sheldon

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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, censorship, and public acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.[1][2][3][4] [5] 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.[6] He became a Christian in his teens. He earned a B.S. in history from Michigan State University in 1957.[7] Sheldon was married on August 24, 1957 and has four children.

He received a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1960, the year he was also ordained a Presbyterian minister. He served as a pastor for churches in North Dakota and California before striking out on his own as a lobbyist.[8] 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.[9] Sheldon was a 2013 delegate representing the Anglican Diocese of The Armed Forces and Chaplaincy to GAFCON II, the Global Anglican Futures Conference, in Nairobi, Kenya.[10] Sheldon founded the Traditional Values Coalition in 1980 as a non-denominational, grassroots movement.


Sheldon has authored one book:

  • The Agenda: The Homosexual Plan to Change America. Frontline. 2005. ISBN 1-59185-796-1.

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  1. ^ Parachini, Allan (March 24, 1990). "Bush Says Let NEA Decide What's Art: Arts: President expresses position on 'filth' but supports bill. Orange County's Rev. Louis P. Sheldon said conservatives are outraged by the action". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Weiner, Rebecca (October 12, 1995). "Coming Out Day Draws Proponents, Foes: Gays: Activist Candace Gingrich addresses one rally, which was countered by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, of Traditional Values Coalition in Anaheim". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Eng, Lily; Zonana, Victor (November 9, 1989). "O.C. Preacher Pledges New Anti-Gay Drives : Gay Rights: The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon says he will turn his energies to the public schools". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Meyer, Josh. "Ministers Square Off Over Provocative Art Exhibit, Role of NEA : Censorship: They concur that a "struggle for the soul of America" is under way but disagree about where the "evil" lies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Martinez, Gebe (April 24, 1995). "Rev. Sheldon Basks in GOP's Successes: Politics: The Anaheim activist prepares for 'religious freedom' amendment to be submitted to the Congress". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Needham, John (October 14, 1985). "Foe of Gay Rights, Abortion Takes Fight Beyond Pulpit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Dunlap, David W (December 19, 1994). "Minister Brings Anti-Gay Message to the Spotlight". New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Needham, John (October 14, 1985). "Foe of Gay Rights, Abortion Takes Fight Beyond Pulpit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Anglican Chaplains" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Anglican Chaplains to Staff GAFCON II". October 11, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2015.

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