Rev. Shawn BarkleySr. Pastor
Although a native Virginian, Rev. Shawn Barkley spent most of his formative years in Richmond, Kentucky. After graduating Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University in Pre-Law, Shawn sensed that God was calling him not into a career in law, but in ministry. Since earning his Masters in Divinity at Columbia Seminary, Shawn has served congregations in North Carolina and Kentucky, before becoming Crestview’s Sr. Pastor in 2016.
Shawn’s primary responsibilities at Crestview include preaching, teaching, Session and staff leadership, visioning, and pastoral care. His passion is to see individuals grow in their love of, and devotion to Christ; developing and then using their spiritual gifts to do God’s kingdom work. In the years Shawn has served Crestview the congregation has grown in size, but more importantly, in her heart for Christ and His people. While his primary responsibility is to Crestview, Shawn also consults with other congregations and pastors to help define their mission and develop leadership gifts and strategies for fulfilling that mission. He has been a presenter at the National PCUSA Evangelism and Church Growth Conference and serves on the Presbytery of Cincinnati Council.
Shawn hosts a weekly podcast, The Well, which can be found on iTunes and Google Play. The podcast combines insights for living wisely and faithfully with some of his other interests such as fishing, reading non-fiction, golf, Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers football, hiking and basketball. He is married to Amy Jo who enjoys giving her time to the ministry of Crestview and has a son (Davis) who is a college student.