About Shane Craven
Name: Shane Craven
Family: My wife, my son, and my two daughters are the MVP’s in my life’s journey
Education: Definitely have some. B.A. – University of Georgia; M.Div. – Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min. – Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary – still in process
Favorite Activities: College football (University of Georgia), tailgaitin’, NASCAR racing, reading, exercising, snow-skiing with family, being together with all of our extended family, good music, horses
If I Wasn’t a Pastor I Would Be: 1. Country Music Singer….sure 2. Radio D.J. 3. Baseball Player
Favorite Band/Singer: That’s a tough one. My favorite music is every single type and style. I love it all! Alan Jackson, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Bryan Adams, Carlton Pearson Worship, Carrie Underwood, Don Williams, Eric Claption, George Jones, George Strait, Isaacs, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Josh Groban, Kenny Chesney, Lakewood Worship, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Northpoint Worship, Martina McBride, Michael English, Mike Bowling, Mother’s Finest, Ricky Scaggs, Tony Bennett, Vince Gill, and .38 Special. Russ Lee may very well be my favorite singer. Unbelievably gifted! A great musician too. You can feel every note he sings.
Favorite Book: Another tough one. There are several that rate high for me: Thank You Power by Debra Norville, 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry, Walking With God by John Eldredge, Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, Joseph by Chuck Swindoll, The Secret Things of God by Henry Cloud, Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen, The Creative Leader by Ed Young, 3 Seconds by Les Parrott, Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus
Best Movie: Forrest Gump and The Net
Biggest Dream: That all my kids would grow up to be lovers of Jesus Christ and that they would build their families based on the love of God, and that my entire family and I would be able to be a part of a church who is somehow able to impact multiple generations and multiple ethnicities with eternal value. If God is ever going to use me in this way, it will take God working in me even more. I have a hope of pressing on to the places where preparation continues to meet opportunity. His will be done.
Background: I have been a pastor since 1991 and, my, what an amazing ride we have had! We’ve ridden the waves when they were high and we’ve ridden them when they were low. It has been an exhilirating, learning, and life-changing experience as a lead pastor. Our hope is to see our new church multiply into a movement of churches expanding around the nation. I grew up in Hattiesburg, MS and Roswell, GA. Something you might not know about our family and something we are extremely proud of, is, that my wife is the daughter of the legendary NASCAR, 1980 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, 6-time National Champion, and Georgia Motorsports Hall of Famer, Jody Ridley.
Most Meaningful Quote: You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want. -Zig Ziglar
Heroes: My Mom and Dad