Shirley Peters, wife of Dr. Art Peters and co-founder of San Diego Christian College (SDCC), passed away on March 19th at the age of 86. Shirley was a vital member of the SDCC community since its foundation in 1970. She could always be found mentoring young women in the quad, coffee shop, or library. A prayer warrior, Shirley participated monthly with the Women of Heritage who served and supported the college in various ways from the very beginning. The college was honored recently at its ribbon cutting ceremony when Shirley dedicated the new campus in prayer.
When asked about Shirley’s impact on the heritage of SDCC, President Ague commented, “SDCC has lost a phenomenal woman with the passing of Shirley Peters. She left her mark on our community and in the lives of our students. My wife Lorri and I will miss her dearly but we rejoice that she is with her Savior who she loved and served so faithfully. She was the embodiment of what we work so hard to show our students: servant leadership.”
Laura-Beth Gathman, a sophomore at SDCC, was mentored this past year by Shirley. When asked how Shirley made an impact on her life Laura-Beth passionately responded, “Her determination and attitude of never giving up impacted me greatly. She always pointed me back to God and reminded me of His faithfulness. She taught me to find my strength in God. She always had time for me. For instance, at the ribbon cutting ceremony there were so many people that wanted to talk with her and when I got my turn she greeted me like I was the first person in line, she held my hand, and never let it go.”