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Ministered internationally in Canada, Israel, Albania, Macedonia, and Hungary

Prepared PIONEERS missionaries for ministry through worship and commissioning services

Preached and led worship at Greenville Correctional Center (maximum security prison)

Designed and taught classes for Dartmouth Institute for Biblical Studies and The Master’s Academy

Private Music Instructor for 18 years


Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond VA (2001)


Charles Allen

Chuck is a member of the Servant Leadership Council at Gayton Baptist Church, and is an active volunteer in the Worship Arts Ministry.  

Phillip Faig

Phil has been my supervisor for the last five years.

Aaron Graham

Aaron has known me for 20 years and can be consulted as a character reference.

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God is calling me to lead a church whose identity is shaped and whose mission is empowered by 

living with Jesus Christ at its core.  Click here to read more . . . 

On a Personal Note . . .

Much of Shawn's free time is spent with his kids, telling extemporaneous stories, playing at the beach whenever possible, and making music together.  Click here to watch Shawn and his son Walker perform at a Jazz Nativity. 

Though Shawn plays more than a dozen instruments, his favorite things to play are the notes not written on the page.

He also loves any sport that involves a ball and the thrill of a close game.    

About Shawn . . .

Shawn is a creative, natural, and passionate communicator.  

He is known by his colleagues as funny, prophetic (about truth, not the future), and very persuasive.  

Shawn's unique combination of relational and administrative gifts enable him to effectively lead people and systems.  His ability to relate to people of all personalities, ages, and backgrounds has served him well in his extensive pastoral experience.  Shawn's administrative leadership has enabled him to successfully launch new initiatives, refine existing ministries, and manage organizational change.  

Work experience


Associate Pastor of Worship Arts and Discipleship

Gayton Baptist Church

Led Worship Ministry by overseeing 100+ volunteers as church’s size more than doubled 

Preached Scripture-based, creative, and practical sermons as needed

Met Pastoral needs of congregation through counseling and visitation

Designed Discipleship ministry, including writing curriculum and training leaders

Taught Bible classes and Evangelistic Small Groups 

Created A Jazz Nativity, an annual, highly successful fundraising event for global missions

Founded CREATE, inspiring the emerging generation to use their musical gifts toleadworship

Helped design and lead the 2011 21-C Virginia Baptist conference

Assisted in design of multi-million dollar Outreach Center and Worship Center


Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church of North Middleboro

Shepherded congregation of 250 year-old church

Preached weekly sermons

Transitioned church into an Elder-led governance

Helped church heal from previous pastor's scandal

Led volunteers and established written policies for 17 ministries   


Co-Pastor and Church Planter

City on a Hill Christian Community



Master of Divinity

Reformed Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

Liberty University