Pastor and Leader
Shane has served as the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997. With his strengths of vision casting, preaching, teaching, soul winning and leadership, Christ Church weekend worship attendance has increased under his leadership from 200 in 1997 to over 3,000 each week in 2021. Christ Church, an independent congregation, has ten weekly worship services, three regional campuses and a significant on-line campus. Christ Church was recognized as one of the 100 fastest growing churches in the country in 2018 by Outreach Magazine. In 2010, he received the prestigious Distinguished Evangelist award from the Foundation for Evangelism for his work in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
A former history teacher and coach, Shane holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Shane graduated cum laude in 1992 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. There he received the Rollins Scholarship Award for his academic work and effectiveness in pastoral leadership at the St. James-Manchester Charge in Manchester, Georgia. From 1992-1997 he served the Sumner/Beulah Charge in Sumner, Illinois.
Shane has traveled extensively around the world in pilgrimage, mission and ministry. He is the author of four books, has been featured as a writer in various publications and has a single blog approaching 4,000,000 reads. He is the co-host of the podcast Navigating Change with Shane and Mike.
Shane resides in Trenton, Illinois with his wife of 39 years, Melissa and their “200 year old rescue dog.” The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren.