(M.Div. Grand Rapids Theological Seminary) is the director of The Pastor’s Soul, and pastor at First Baptist Church in Tustin, Michigan since 2001. A third-generation pastor, he grew up listening to pastors and their families talk about the realities of ministry. Now he wants to use this knowledge to bless the church. Sean is married to Amy, a poet, and freelance book editor. Together, they have one son.
For many pastors, their identity is tied up in being a pastor, spiritual leader, or caregiver. They derive their sense of self from what others say about them or how much their church relies on them. This isn’t healthy service; it’s codependence.