I was born into a military family and consider Fairfax, VA my home. I graduated from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and it was there that I met the Lord in 1980. Three years later I met my wife, Sherri, at UNC and we were married in May of 1983. Sherri and I have been blessed with seven children, with grandchildren being added to their family every year.
We moved our family to Oregon in 1996 to continue my business executive life at Nike. In 2009, we started a local family business.
We began Cord-of-Three Ministry to “Young” Married Couples in 2008; focusing on couples married 7 years or less or engaged to be married. I was ordained as an Associate Pastor Calvary Chapel Hillsboro in 2011 and later ordained as an elder at Calvary Chapel in 2012.
I am passionate about mentoring and disciplining couples to be better together; with Christ central to their personal lives and marriages.
If you would like more information or to get involved with Cord of Three please email Shawn and Sherri Dean.
Coming from a Roman Catholic family I always had a sense of God’s existence and a desire to be right with Him. But it wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I was born again. My father had placed his faith in Jesus and I witnessed a radical transformation in his life. Through his efforts and the outreach of my high school friends, I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior in March of 1984.
In 1989, I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I was planning to become a lawyer but after getting accepted to law school, I felt the Lord calling me into pastoral ministry. For three years, I served as an assistant pastor of a small church in a Seattle suburb before moving to Hillsboro, Oregon to attend Multnomah Biblical Seminary. While in Portland, I was blessed to serve with Pastor Rich at Calvary Chapel Worship Center for three years before moving to Dallas, Texas to continue my education at Dallas Theological Seminary. During my stay in Dallas, I started a Calvary Chapel and was honored to serve as the senior pastor for eight years. In 2005, I moved back to Hillsboro and once again served on staff at CCWC and then worked for an internet marketing firm for five years, eventually becoming the Vice President of Operations. In February of 2013, I was invited back on staff at CCWC as an associate pastor. I completed my Master’s Degree in the Spring of 2018 and have begun my doctoral studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Over the years I have come to realize how messy life can be… how messy we can make our lives. But I have also learned that the Lord wants to get in the middle of our mess and make us whole. He makes all things new, turning our ashes into something beautiful and honoring to Him. Truly, His nearness is my good (Psalm 73:28).
The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful wife, Heidi, and together we enjoy raising our children and working together in ministry. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and His people here at Calvary Chapel.
I accepted Jesus when I was 5 years old at Calvary Church on the Rock in Richland, WA. Throughout my life, God has continually made clear His calling. I began serving in church when I was 15 years old; serving as a greeter, on the adult worship team, in children’s ministry and as worship leader for my high school youth group. I realized at that point, God had a calling on my life to serve Him.
Throughout college I remained involved adult worship teams, worked with worship bands within the community and served within my church’s youth ministry. After college, I began working part-time as a worship leader, a month later I met my wife Kathy. As time went on, the part-time position transitioned into a full time position as worship and youth pastor. Throughout those five years, I began to realize the magnitude of God’s calling and that He was calling me to even more.
In the fall of 2013, I sat down with Pastor Rich Jones and we began to discuss what God had put on his heart, a new church campus in Beaverton.
It was perfect timing with what God was doing in my heart. We began talking and praying about this new Calvary Chapel campus in Beaverton, OR. It was clear to Kathy and me that God was leading us to step into this wonderful opportunity.
This story, our story, is still in the making! I am excited about what is in store for Calvary Beaverton and look forward with great anticipation to the impact this ministry will make in the city of Beaverton and the greater Portland area. I also look forward to remaining a part of God’s story for years to come.
Jesus says in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is one of the scriptures that drive’s my life. I look forward to meeting you soon!
I was a born and raised on the south side of Detroit in Michigan. As a freshmen in high school, I felt God’s call on my life to become a youth pastor. My youth pastor was like a second father to me, and the church was a home away from home when I was a lost and troubled youth. God’s redemptive work in my early life led me to live out my calling in full-time youth ministry. My wife, Selena, and I met in high school as we both were volunteering together at in middle school youth ministry. After high school I went on to get a degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies from Spring Arbor University. After college I served in full-time youth ministry and worship ministry until my wife and I felt God’s leading to move. God led us to CCWC and we were extremely excited to be able to work specifically with middle school students. We both love teenagers so much and have dedicated our entire lives to raising up a future generation of sold-out Jesus followers.
Selena and I have two boys named Elliot and Jude. Outside of playing and spending time with Elliot, I enjoy reading, playing music, playing kendama, being outdoors, and drinking coffee.