The Reverend Dr. Ernest G. Shields, Sr., has the distinguish honor of being both Pastor and Mayor: He is the Honorable Mayor of the City of Pagedale, MO. and the Pastor of the Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, where he has served the congregation faithfully for more than 50 years… earning the title in the community and across the country as “Senior Pastor.” He is proud to be the leader of a church that espouses a holistic ministry, spiritually and socially nurturing the membership and the community. Under his leadership numerous ministries are at work within the framework of the church. He believes that the ministry of the church must go beyond the four walls of the building in order to positively impact the community. He is always seeking ways for the church to have a larger “footprint” in the community. To that end Dr. Shields and the Mount Beulah Church Family are pleased to be a part of a larger “footprint” that extends beyond the walls of the church… in the form of two senior living facilities. Rosie Shields Manor, 42 units, 6810 Page Blvd. and Mount Beulah Terrace, 40 units, 7550 Page Blvd.
Dr. Shields is the former president of the: St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition, former president of the Midwest Regional Progressive National Baptist Convention, former Moderator St. Louis Progressive Baptist District Association and former President Missouri Progressive Baptist State Convention. Mathew Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Faith Beyond Walls, AIPAC, Beyond Housing, Pagedale Housing Authority, and Chaplain of Pine Lawn Police Department
He was blessed in the year of 2010 and 2011 to attend an educational seminar in the Holy Land. In 2011 he led 29 ministers from across the United States to tour the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the land of Israel, sponsored by APIAC.
Dr. Shields is the recipient of numerous honors and civic awards such as: Minister of the Year (1994 & 2011) by the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition, Distinguished Citizen award by the St. Louis Argus, The Martin Luther King “I have a Dream Award” by the St. Louis County Awareness Committee, Certificate of Honor Award by the M. L. King, Jr. Non-Violent St. Louis Support Group, Distinguished Community Service Award ( 2002 & 2023) by The Dr. M. L. King Jr., State Celebration Commission of Missouri, Recognition of Dedication Award by St. Louis County Branch NAACP, , Distinguished Community Service Award by The Royal Vagabonds Foundation, Awarded the Kentucky Colonel Award by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Given Key to the City of Chicago, IL, Proclamations from St. Louis City and St. Louis County and Moderator Emeritus of the St. Louis Progressive District Association, just to name a few. On June 25, 2020, Dr Shields was sworn in as Mayor of Pagedale, MO.
Dr. Shields is a member of numerous boards and faith based organizations, such as: The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Washington D.C., Missouri Progressive Baptist State Convention, Kansas City, MO., St. Louis Progressive Missionary Baptist District Assn., St. Louis, MO., Urban League of Greater St. Louis, NAACP, Heat-Up Cool Down St. Louis, Midwest Bank Centre 24:1 Council, Mt. Beulah Terrace Senior Housing, Retirement Housing Foundation and Chaplain of St. Louis City Police Department .
Dr. Shields was formally educated in the Sunflower School District, Indianola, MS., graduate of Applied Science, Chicago, IL., studied with Silva Psychorientology, Laredo, TX., studied with Western Bible College, Kansas City, MO., studied with the Neoterian Fellowship College of Philosophy, Kansas City, MO. Dr. Shields holds both earned and honorary degrees from the Institute of Applied Science: Chicago, IL. (SC. D), Inter Baptist Theological Center: Houston, TX (TH. D) and Virginia Seminary and College: Lynchburg, VA (LL. D)
He enjoyed marital bliss for 45 years to the late Mrs. Rosie Webb- Shields (deceased January 2009). The Shields were blessed with four children, Rev. Bobby Shields, Mrs. Evelyn Shields-Benford, Carolyn Shields-Jackson (deceased) and Rev. Ernest G. Shields, Jr.
Dr. Shields now happily married to the former Ms. Gracie M. Collier. He is proud to be a native of Indianola, Mississippi…home of the Legendary Blues Singer B.B. King