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Pastor Shawn Hannon

Pastor Shawn Hannon
Pastor Shawn is a 2010 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, and he began his call at Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade NY that summer. While he spent four years learning and serving churches in South and North Carolina, as a Jamestown, NY native, Western New York has always been home. He is glad to be here. Pastor Shawn and his wife Carol Hannon met while attending SUNY Geneseo in the mid-2000s. They have enjoyed making their home together in Arcade with their daughters Quinn and Perry.   Pastor Shawn has a background in youth and outdoor ministry. He is a former camper and staff person at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center in Bemus Point, NY. He has also served camps in urban settings and oversees in Madagascar. In seminary he was recognized for gifts in Greek and New Testament, and in his senior year was recognized with awards in both Preaching and Biblical Studies. Pastor Shawn continues to emphasize the youth in his ministry, but not simply because they are the future church, but because they are the church of today.  He also enjoys working on service projects, and takes the role of planning meaningful and engaging worship seriously.  He loves helping people find ways to put their passion and energy to work making their community and other people’s worlds a better place. When he is not working at church, Shawn enjoys remodeling and construction projects around his family’s home.  But as busy as he gets, PS always has time for a quick nine (okay, 18) on the golf course. He enjoys playing sports of all kinds and fiddling with his guitar.
Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY

Faith Matters: Building Hope. Embodying Grace.

Note: This is a story I shared with my congregation about a new building we are constructing at Hope. One note about the project...
Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY

Faith Matters: Christmas Carols

I do not know about you, but I have found great meaning and peace in the music of this season this year. I can...

Faith Matters: I Love Christmas

I love Christmas, but it’s not like I had another choice. Christmas in the Hannon house growing up was both magical and extravagant. But...
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Faith Matters: Giving

(Giving When the Going Gets Tough) OR (Giving Thanks and Giving Back) Well, there is no mistaking it. This year’s Thanksgiving is going to look different...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Always Be Reforming

For at least the last 503 years October 31st has held a different significance in the life of the church than in, say, popular...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Changing Your Mind

This year’s debates have certainly entered some unchartered territory. The presidential debate turned into a middle school yelling match and the star of the...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Different Not Divided

‘‘Tis the season of division. Neighbor against neighbor. Father against son. Even some homes divided. We place flags and signs on our homes and yards...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Spoiler Alert

There’s a trend in the presentation of viral videos these days. Perhaps you have seen it. The new format of showing videos on Facebook,...
Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY

What are you afraid of?

What are you afraid of? I used to be afraid of what lurked under my bed. Full disclosure: I still won’t let any of...

Faith Matters: Because I Want to.

“They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do." –Galatians 2:10 Last week marked the 10th...
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