usWhat can I say…I’ve got a wonderful and beautiful wife, 3 amazing kids, and a God who is crazy about us all, despite all our foibles and junk.   I’m somewhat of a reluctant blogger, as I don’t want to be a narcissist, but  it’s good to your share thoughts, ideas and fun with the world!  I’m a husband, father, youth pastor, idealist…and maker of laughter.

I’ve been a youth pastor for the past 10 years, and involved in youth ministry for 18+ years.  I’ve pastored in Guelph & Oshawa, ON, Abbotsford, BC, and am currently the student ministries pastor at Parkwood Gospel Temple in Windsor, ON.  I enjoy my family, sports, landscaping, music, blogging, wii sports family game nights…and doing the best I can to influence and impact this young generation to passionately follow Christ!

I titled this little corner of the blog world “Here and There…” because this will be a space where I’ll share about things in my own heart, life and experience…as well as things I’m learning and gleaning from others within my sphere of influence and connections.  So come on in and take a peak, and let me know what you think!

Random Facts

  • have moved 24 times since I was 16 years old
  • have been to 2 continents, 6 countries, 19 US states and 6 Canadian provinces
  • tried out for the Atlanta Braves (unsuccessfully!)
  • played hockey on a line with Paul Henderson in a tournament (yes…the ’72 Summit series Paul Henderson!)
  • have embalmed a cadaver…and found a dead body (creepy!)
  • been within 50 yards of the peak of an active, molten-spewing volcano (Mt. Pacaya– Guatemala)
  • played video games with John Salley and Dennis Rodman
  • I love the Lord God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength!!

Oh yeah…and in case you were wondering what’s with the Passenger Shawn…well it was a nickname given to me by twin gr. 6 girls while I was pastoring in Oshawa.  They came to church for the first time to a mall scavenger hunt we were doing, and they kept calling me Passenger Shawn, and when I asked them why…they said; “because isn’t that what people keep calling you?”  Everyone was calling me pastor Shawn…but they heard “Passenger Shawn”…and so it stuck with me…..plus…Here and There (and other variations) were already taken for wordpress!!

  1. marilyn kampen says:

    great layout! love the nickname. 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    Hey Shawn, this is great! Looking forward to reading more of what you have to say.

  3. Bety Heppner says:

    Hi Shawn: Thanks for this legacy of love, courage and information. Love your family and you. Way to go!

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