Shaun Marshall, 35

Senior Pastor, Community Covenant Church of Calumet Park, Chicago, IL

Shaun loves to help people see how God is at work by preaching, teaching, and coaching. He has been instrumental in leading denominational efforts toward racial reconciliation, first as a pastor in Detroit and now in Calumet Park. In the Covenant he has found not only an authentic embrace of his culture and story, but also a strong commitment to both evangelism and justice, as well as a passion for starting and strengthening ministries that empower people like him in communities like his. “I’m part of the Covenant because across all these differences, I have found a mission family,” he says. He currently serves as the vice-moderator for the Covenant Annual Meeting.

The greatest need he sees in the church is for innovation. “The church needs new ideas that honor timeless values,” he says. “We need leaders to emerge that bring new ways to communicate the gospel without diluting it to a generation that desperately needs to hear it.”


greybutton-40u40Books on your nightstand/e-reader: Simplify, Bill Hybels; The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis; Dancing for the Devil, Anny Donewald; The Gift of Being Yourself, David G. Benner
Favorite way to waste time: Writing. I have a passion for fiction and nonfiction writing. I’ve been working on a novel for the last twelve years. Give me another twelve and I may finish.
Favorite TV show: I confess, The Blacklist. I love the storyline, and I think James Spader is a phenomenal actor.
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: I’ve always wanted to be able to fly—I think it would make me more punctual in attending Covenant meetings!