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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: Evil Twin

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Faith Matters: America Can’t Breathe

The death of George Floyd revealed yet again the grave injustice that plagues what should be one of the more trustworthy institutions in our...
Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY

Faith Matters: Baptismal Birthday

I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook last week of his child celebrating his baptismal birthday by lighting a candle and praying together...
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Faith Matters: Seeing Truth and Believing

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Pastor Shawn Hannon Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY

Faith Matters: Peace Be With You

There's a part in our worship, and the worship of many churches throughout the world, called the sharing of the peace. It's an opportunity...
Pastor Shawn Hannon

Faith Matters: Holy Week When Weeks Feel Like Lifetimes

If your phone alerts look like mine, you have probably been bombarded with alerts and articles regarding the pandemic. Just a moment ago, one...
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...

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