Shawn Stutz :: BIO
Twenty-five years ago, I remember very vividly embracing a call to ministry. Since that day, God's calling has led me to many places.
My call led me first into church work through a variety of pastoring roles over 16 years. In 2012, God led me into the marketplace for a season as His ambassador. Because story-telling has been a significant part of my call, in 2014, I authored the book I Have Ears: Learning to Hear from God. With hope, the next book God has placed in my heart, My King, His Kingdom, will come to fruition soon.
My marketplace call soon led me to serve in the faith-based nonprofit sector. In 2018, I became Executive Director of FOCUS Ministries, a thriving prison & reentry nonprofit which serves incarcerated men and women in Knoxville & East Tennessee. During 2020, two fellow friends and I launched Journey Appalachia, a two-year retreat process for the Spiritual Formation of Leaders.
No matter the job or role, the call to serve Christ and make his Kingdom known is always preeminent. My heart comes alive when inspiring men and women to greater Christ-likeness through strategic disciple-making. I love to use story, sound teaching, and biblical community to introduce others to Christ and His eternal Kingdom.
I have been blessed with the greatest wife, Michelle, and two amazing adult children, Kaitlyn and Elijah. In 2021, Michelle and I took a step of calling together by taking two wonderful kiddos (sisters) into our home from the foster care system. Please pray as we continue to grow and serve in this extraordinary adventure. We love living in Knoxville (East TN) with our two lovable adopted mutts, Lucy and Cash.
If your heart beats with a calling or passion like mine, I would love to connect with you.