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Shawn grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana, along with his younger brother Troy. He is, therefore, a faithful Notre Dame fan to this day. He attended Appalachian Bible College in Bradlley, WV, the state where he would later return for a long ministry season.
During his freshman year he met Lesli, and the two married five years later. They now have three kids-- Jon, Katie, and Megan.
After Bible College, Shawn went on to Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. He then returned to West Virginia in 1995 to work with Appalachian Bible College, and in 1997 was asked to also step into a staff role in youth ministry at Bible Center Church.
Shortly thereafter, Shawn began to serve as Senior Pastor at Bible Center Church in Charleston, WV. Under his leadership, the church saw a season of growth, including attendance numbers up over 2,000 from 750, and a campus expansion program that added 10,000 square feet of ministry space to their facility.
Pastor Shawn answered the call to lead Calvary Community Church in the summer of 2008. The Thornton family moved across the country to the Conejo Valley, and Shawn officially stepped into the Senior Pastor position in September 2008. In this new minisitry role, Shawn has sought to listen to voices from Calvary, other local ministries, and members of the Conejo Valley community. When he first arrived, Shawn said, "I think the biggest thing that connects me to Calvary is to make sure ministry is all about Jesus and not about a pastor." He continues to focus the church on living and loving like Jesus through his preaching and leadership.
To hear more from Shawn on his heart for ministry in the Conejo Valley, listen to this clip from the Frank Pastore radio show.
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