Come shake this man’s hand! If you haven’t had a Sunday morning greeting from Mr. Shawn Stewart yet, you must just be one of our early birds. Eight years ago, the late Jerry Golden asked Shawn if he would like to be a greeter. He now serves as our team leader for greeters at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. He shoulders the responsibility of putting together the weekly greeting teams and for special services. Gary Beaty says this about Shawn, “He is friendly and is always looking for a way to help visitors & members have a meaningful worship experience.”
Shawn was born in Phoenix, AZ, but grew up in Lubbock and has never left. He married his wife, J’Lin, 22 years ago and they have two children, Reagan (20) and Riley (17). The entire Stewart family has been involved in various ministries at our church since their arrival in 2002. During the week, Shawn travels around the Lubbock and Amarillo areas as a pharmaceutical sales rep. In his free time, he loves to cook and do anything outside – including gardening, pruning, hunting, fishing, and snow skiing. The Stewarts love to travel and spend time at their Ruidoso cabin. At the end of September, he and J’Lin are thrilled to take a trip to Italy!
Shawn is always on the lookout for ways the greeting teams can to improve upon what they do and make the biggest impact. Just last fall, he recruited the volunteers needed to make the new wheelchair service a success. (Shout out to Jo Beth and Kleta and their team for leading this!) He fondly recalled a story about our friend, the late Mr. Doyle Rexrode, who was able to start coming to church again because of this service.
“I love it here [at Southcrest] and doing what I do. It is hard and it’s a grind, but stories like Doyle’s make it so worth it. It just makes you feel good to see people each week. You never know how you’ll touch another person’s life […] if we all serve with a servant’s heart.”
Thank you, Shawn, for opening your heart, seeing our needs, and finding ways to welcome us each week. We appreciate you and your service to our congregation!