This video was shared at NorthRock Church today. I’ve been on staff since last January and have fallen in love with the staff and church family during this time, so this makes this announcement all the harder. Regardless, we know this isn’t a surprise to God, that this decision wasn’t easy on the part of the NorthRock leadership, and that God will provide for all involved, including NorthRock Church and my family.

Because this is still “fresh”, we do not know yet what the next steps are for us. We are in the process of asking, seeking and knocking and would appreciate your prayers of agreement as we figure this all out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Shoup family will be moving again and, if that’s the case, we might be able to serve on a volunteer basis with our NorthRock family — it all depends on what employment I am able to find.

I will say that my heart beats for ministry and I am looking for ministry roles first. I also love my Foursquare family and I’m thankful that the district staff would like to keep me in the NextGen / Media / Communications role where I also serve — that’s good news to me! Deanna is hoping to continue her medical education and our kids are open to and praying for whatever all of this means and wherever God leads us.

With all that said, we’ve been overwhelmed with the support, encouragement and prayers of friends far and wide. THANK YOU! It means so much to us.


Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District