Shane Atkinson is from a Southern Baptist background and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi.  He sat with spiritual teachers from the major religious traditions over a ten-year period and accepted Islam in 1999. In 2011, he was awarded an Ijaza to teach the foundations of Islamic theology, law, and spirituality. 

Shane completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at UNC Medical Center and serves as an associate Imam at As Salaam Islamic Center.

Shane is the Muslim Life Coordinator at Elon University and teaches, mentors, and provides emotional and spiritual support for converts in North Carolina.