Shawn was raised in Calvert County in a home surrounded by farmland. His parents met as teachers in Prince George’s County. Shawn met his wife, Rachel, who was raised on a farm in Lothian, when they were children attending the same church. Rachel’s family owns a small business, and her mother is a retired teacher. Seeing his and Rachel’s families working hard while also serving the community taught Shawn that life is about lifting up others — about putting people first.
After graduating from college with a degree in intercultural studies, Shawn and Rachel married and moved to Annapolis during the height of the 2008 recession. While Rachel worked at Anne Arundel Medical Center as a nurse, Shawn worked in restaurants and eventually went back to school for a master’s degree in theological studies after which, as the children’s and youth pastor at an Annapolis church, he led hundreds of volunteers and young people in ways that put the residents of the City of Annapolis first.
Shawn later spent a few years working in the family land surveying business before becoming a systems administrator for The Key School, where he has worked for the past five years. In addition to volunteering in the community, Shawn works part-time as a children’s and youth pastor in Annapolis.
Shawn and Rachel live in Edgewater, where they are raising their seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.