Church in the Palms is led by a gifted an experienced staff team whose mission is to equip and empower our congregation for the work God has called us to do.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Shawn has served churches up and down the east coast for two decades. Compelled by its spiritual need and intrigued by its cultural diversity, the Allens relocated to South Florida in 2012.
After a few years of ministry in South Florida's unique context, Shawn developed a strategic vision for missional unity; inspiring followers of Jesus to partner together on God's mission.
Shawn began serving as the Senior Pastor of Church in the Palms in 2016, and in 2017 started and continues to serve as the Lead Facilitator for Community Life, a missional network of non-profits giving life to our community.
Shawn recently completed his Ph.D. at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is a seasoned worship leader and multi-instrumentalist whose favorite notes are the ones not on the page. When his hands aren't on the ivories, you might see them completing a no-look pass or carefully placing a drop shot just over the net.
Shawn has loved 1 wife (Sara) for 23 years, and they have loved 3 kids for 20 (Nellie), 17 (Grace), and 15 (Walker) years together.
Sara is a licensed acupuncturist. She is currently earning her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor. Sara is also a member of our worship team here at Church in the Palms.
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Evan grew up in the Midwest before making the move to West Palm Beach. A resident of South Florida since 2005, Evan has fallen in love with its people and culture. Discipling children, teens and adults is one of his passions in ministry. He believes that real life happens in circles, not rows. If he’s not hanging out with youth or having lunch with a volunteer from the church, you will probably find him playing sports, reading, or watching a good movie.
Evan's wife Courtney is a nurse at Bethesda East Hospital. They have two beautiful children, Abigail and Joshua, who keep them on their toes day and night.
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Dale came to Church in the Palms after leading a Student Ministry at a church in Palm Beach County. Born and raised in South Florida, Dale earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University before beginning his ministry career. Dale and his wife Susan, an executive in social services, have two daughters: Kaitlin, who recently graduated from the University of South Florida, and Allie, who is a junior at Northeastern. Dale is a Mathematics teacher at Palm Beach Lakes High School. In addition to his ability to crunch numbers for our congregation and the Community Life Center, we are so blessed to have another seasoned pastor on our staff team!
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