“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 see richness in complications, and to be sure of my convictions knowing God has more for me to do. This letter may have been written over 13 years ago, but its delivery is right on time.

I don’t know what my Pop Pop’s plan for this letter was, but I’m glad to have it. It was the lone scribbles in one particular spiral notebook found while cleaning out his apartment.

At the time he wrote it I was 24 years old. Carol and I had been married for 9 months. I was on my internship in Raleigh as one of my final steps before becoming a pastor. He was the most faithful man I know, and, in addition to being my grandfather, he was my Godfather.


I have to hand it to you. You’re embarking on a career that will carry you to unimaginable places-physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Even more, they will come simultaneously in varying degrees of intensity. This is * the good, because some things are more important than others. Prioritize and then keep things in their proper proportion.

Having a wife and children (not yet, but someday) will, no doubt, complicate things. This may be all the better since a complicated formula usually produces a far richer product than something simple and dull.

You have shown much energy and intellect in your pursuits thus far and have had much success as a result. Things may not always work out. Try your best and be sure your convictions. If it still doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to “shake the sand of that place from your sandals” and move on. You have more to do.

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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.