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Pastor Shawn Hannon

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 Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY

Faith Matters: Communing in the Quarantine

This Christmas we bought our children tablets. This March, I took them away. It wasn't because our children were abusing them. With the restrictions...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: The American Funeral

There’s a joke that goes: “A man and a friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course. One of the guys...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Home In Your Heart

The other day our 9th graders who are walking through a rite of passage in our church into adult membership were invited to write...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Where the News is Good

My home church, First Lutheran on Chandler Street, had a motto I remember from my teenage years. I’m not certain whether or not it...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: War is Not a Game

I was 17 when terrorists struck the World Trade Center in NYC. I was in my senior year in high school and remember gathering...

Faith Matters: Believe.

This December, my family took a quick trip to NYC to see the city in all its holiday splendor. It did not disappoint. Magic and...

Faith Matters: Whatever is in the Cards, Merry Christmas

My house looks like an episode of hoarders at the moment. Earlier in November we cleared out our attic in order to turn the...

Wonderfully Made

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY It's a quilt show weekend at the congregation I serve and that has got me thinking: How...

Never Forget

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY Part of the off-Broadway season ticket line up at Shea's in Buffalo this year is a show...

Building Hope. Embodying Grace.

Contributing Writer Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY Note: This is a story I shared with my congregation about a new building we are constructing...

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