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Pastor Shawn Hannon

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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

Faith Matters: Asking for Help

The halls of Hope Lutheran Church are quite these days. The preschoolers are gone for the summer, and with them my favorite procrastination technique...

“You Have More To Do”

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY I hope like his letter instructs I’m able to stay grounded and keep things in perspective, to...

The Future

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY There was a sign that hung in my family cottage growing up. It read, “To be seen,...

“Will this ever end?”

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY Will it ever end? How many times do you suppose you have heard or uttered that phrase...

Jesus is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY I’m currently in Chicago to talk about faith formation with young people. As I packed my bags...

“Am I going to be old in heaven forever?!”

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY My daughter, Quinn, is at that age where she has a million questions. At the top of...

Seeing Truth and Believing

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY One of the greatest ironies of the information age, is how with all the intelligence at our...

How can I be a Better Neighbor

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY As I write this I am sitting over the wing of a Detla flight heading from Buffalo...

Good or Evil

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY As you have by no doubt realized by now (unless this is your first week reading, of...

Where The News Is Good

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY My home church, First Lutheran on Chandler Street, had a motto I remember from my teenage years....