Pastor Shawn, his wife Kari, and two 8 year old sons, Braylon and Tanner, are originally from Wise County, Va. Shawn and Kari met when Kari was a junior in high school and were married in June, 2008. In August, 2010, they were blessed with a baby boy. In August 2017, they were blessed to become Tanner’s parents and their family of 3 became a family of 4. Both, Shawn and Kari, received Christ as their personal savior in their early 20’s. Following their commitment to Jesus, West End Baptist Church became their home. There, they served the Lord and the body of Christ from 2011-2013 – Kari was a member of the choir and Shawn served as the youth leader. Shawn previously served as the family and student pastor at First Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina from 2014 to 2017. They came to Temple in March of 2017.
As a teen, Shawn had aspirations of becoming a lawyer. After high school, he attended the University of Virginia College at Wise. However, after his conversion and call to ministry, Shawn decided to attend Liberty University. In 2015, he completed his Bachelors of Science in Religion and earned three Minors in Christian Ministries, Biblical Studies, and Christian Counseling. In 2017, Shawn completed his Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Religion. Shawn was ordained for pastoral ministry on April 27, 2014 by West End Baptist Church.
Shawn loves the Lord and is dedicated to studying and ministering God’s word. When he is not at church, Shawn enjoys spending time with his family. His wife and sons come second after God. He loves sports, particularly college and NFL football. His favorite food is Italian. Kari loves God and her family. She loves reading and enjoys making crafts in her spare time. Her favorite food is Mexican. Braylon is a typical boy. He loves playing with his action-figures, riding his dirt bike & go-cart and being outside, playing any sport and getting dirty. Tanner loves anything Minecraft, playing video games and also enjoys playing outside, especially riding his bicycle and go cart. Where you see them, you also see their two dogs, Nala and Dixie. Braylon’s favorite food is pork chops with applesauce and Tanner’s favorite food is macaroni & cheese.