As a native of Richmond Kentucky, Shawn grew up with dreams of playing at UK and then the NBA. After his cousin, Sir Charles from Auburn fame led early success playing in the SEC and then in the NBA, Shawn was thinking his dream could come true. But low and behold, it turned out that most of the NBA level talent went to his cousin’s side of the family. Although still a huge sports nut he decided that maybe the NBA wasn’t in the offing after all so he set his sights on Law.

Shawn graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Political Science and was on his way to Law School when the Holy Spirit intervened and landed him at Columbia Theological Seminary. As a lifelong Presbyterian he knew he wanted to be a Presbyterian minister and he graduated, was ordained and took his first call in 1991. After serving that first church in High Point NC and subsequent stops in Versailles KY, Louisville and Charlotte, he has brought his passion for God, family and sports to Crestview.