About our Founder & CEO:

Shawn is the Founder & CEO of His heart beats for coaching leaders and helping them all conquer whatever's keeping them up at night. Shawn previously served as Founding and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church, and Directional Leader for, and the annual Velocity Conference.  Due to both demand and calling, Shawn has now devoted himself full-time to coaching leaders. Shawn is the author of The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors, published by Baker Books in May 2012; and His newest book, Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters, released with Thomas Nelson Publishers in April, 2016, and for two months held the #1 spot in "New Releases in Christian Leadership" on Amazon.  Shawn has been married for 23 years to his best friend Tricia Lovejoy, and has three children: Hannah, Madison, & Paul. They all live in Trussville, AL a suburb of Birmingham. 

Shawn now leads an army of coaches. The dream is to coach one thousand leaders every year. We would love for you to be one of them. Connect with us here

Shawn, his wife Tricia, and their three great looking kids: Hannah, Madison, and Paul.


Leaders who have worked closely with Shawn over the years include:

  • Rick Warren, author, Purpose Driven Life

  • Chris Hodges, Church of The Highlands, ARC Network

  • Ed Stetzer, Chief Researcher, LifeWay Resources

  • Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board

  • Pete Wilson, Pastor, Crosspoint Church, Nashville, TN

  • Dave Ferguson, Community Christian Church, NewThing Network

  • Dave Travis, President, Leadership Network

  • Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor, Central Christian Church, Las Vegas

  • Jeff Vanderstelt, Lead Pastor, Soma Communities; VP of Acts 29

  • JD Greear, Summit Church; Global Advance Founder

  • Todd Wilson, Founder, Exponential Conference, Future Travelers

  • Matt Carter, Sr. Pastor, Austin Stone Community Church; Founder, Verge Network

  • Greg Surratt, Sr. Pastor, Seacoast Church, President of ARC

  • Jim Sheppard, President The Generis Group

  • Tim Stevens, Vanderbloemen Search Group

  • Chris Brown, Ramsey Solutions, Host of True Stewardship Podcast