Leadership

Shawn Withy-Allen • Lead Pastor
Shawn Withy-Allen

Lead Pastor

Shawn Withy-Allen

Shawn grew up in Hawaii and began his journey following Jesus while a freshman at the University of Hawaii where he played for the Warriors. Along the journey of pursuing his dream of a career in football, Shawn discovered a greater dream: the dream God had for him as a husband, father, pastor and leader. Today, Shawn's true passion is to connect people to God and equip them to change their world. Though Shawn was gone from Hawaii for almost ten years Hawaii never left Shawn's heart, so he is thrilled to be here spending his days helping others discover God’s true dream for them as they change the world together. In his free time--when he has it--you can find Shawn surfing with his boys, checking on his fantasy teams, or talking story with whomever’s he’s hanging with at the moment.

Shawn is an ordained minister with a B.S. in Communications from the University of Hawaii, a certificate in Missions Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is in the process of completing a Masters in Christian Leadership. He has over 15 years ministry experience, including most recently pastoring at Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC, where he led a student ministry that impacted over 10,000 students every semester. In addition to his role as the Lead Pastor for Manna Church Hawaii, he is privileged to serve as the Character Coach and Spiritual Leader for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team.

Sarah is a local-looking small town NC girl who is finding herself at home in the islands. As a wife, mother, friend, and small business owner she is passionate about helping people find life and purpose in every and any season in which they may find themselves. When she’s not running around after her three (yes, three) boys or working with Shawn, you probably won’t see her because she’s blissfully indulging in a rare moment of solitude. For more from Sarah, follow her blog at www.numbereddayz.blogspot.com.

Sarah has over 10 years ministry experience and holds of B.Div. from Grace College of Divinity.

Together, Shawn and Sarah have three boys: Azariah (7), Makoa (5) and Isaac (3).