Shirleen Wait, a Tampa, Florida, native, was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1954. She has a doctorate in education and extensive experience as a professor, consultant, and curriculum specialist, and is the author of numerous publications in the educational field. Dr. Wait is retired as a national curriculum specialist from Computer Curriculum Corp., a department of the Simon & Schuster educational division. She owns and operates Atlantic Beach Connections, LLC, a property management company in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Dr. Wait has been active in education, pastoral, and evangelism ministries, including Daughters of the King, Faith Alive, and Cursillo. She has served as a member of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism in the Episcopal Church, as a board member for New Wineskins for Global Mission. Since 2000, she and her husband, Pete, have served as pastors to missionaries for Anglican Frontier Missions. The Waits have two grown children and five grown grandchildren.