The Clergy Support Memorial Church Board was in full agreement to certify the Rev Shawn Lowe to the Office of Appointed Designated Minister – Counselling Ministry on April 29, 2019. Rev Shawn has become a dedicated minister with a history of counselling parents, families and individuals struggling through trauma, abuse, as well as marital and grief counselling.
Formal Education and Awards
- Graduate Certificate – Canadian Ministers Training Institute
- University of Waterloo, Renison College, Bachelor of Arts Degree – major in social development studies
- Certificate of Theology Program, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto (in progress)
- Certificate of General Social Work – Renison College
- Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology, Graduated with Honours on the Dean’s List, from the Social Service Worker Program, Awarded the Joanne Gill Memorial Scholarship for high academic achievement (1992)
- Computer Fundamentals Certificate (1999)
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers – Registered Social Worker 2003
- Ontario Association of Social Workers – 2014 (with Professional Liability Insurance)
Shawn’s Spiritual Search
He admits his relationship with traditional church has been difficult over the years. Shawn’s paternal family identified with the United Church, but he rarely attended. He tried to become involved in the rites and rituals of different churches in his youth, with friends or his Aunt, but always drifted away seeking guidance and salvation in Humanism instead.
The discovery of Clergy Support Memorial allowed him to serve community in ways he didn’t think were possible. He resinated with their christian outreach theology and enjoys being part of a like-minded group of people who are pulled toward helping others.
With a family of his own, he wants to ensure his children have a broad knowledge of religions, and as a family they currently attend the Wesley Methodist Church with their youngest daughter. However for Shawn, his personal journey remains spiritual, offering outreach services and pastoral support when asked.
Rev Shawn believes he has had a blessed life and was once reminded that ‘Service is the rent we pay for living in a society.’
He worked with Young Offenders and Adult Offenders through the Trent Community Correctional Committee and later through the Community Oriented Sentencing Program. It was through this organization he developed alternative programs to keep young people out of custody, and alternatively providing a community service while they lived at home.
A person of strong moral character, Shawn was always a committed advocate for children. For over 25 years he was dedicated to child welfare activities and programs to protect children. This difficult work meant dealing with organizations and parents regardless of their behavior or faults, developing case planning, permanency planning and court conferencing, as well as committee work and community outreach work.
Now semi-retired, Shawn provides home-based counselling and outreach support to his community.
Photography has been Shawn’s primary hobby for over a decade. Word travels fast when you’re a good photographer and Shawn has enjoyed giving his time and talents to charity events and local organizations like the Quinte West Figure Skating Club.
It pays to play it forward as they say, as Shawn’s mentoring in the photographic arts led a son of his good friend to studying photo journalism in college. He has been published twice in Maclean’s Magazine and has also contributed to the Ottawa Citizen.
Shawn has enjoyed reading Tom Harpur’s book “Pagan Christ” and more recently books by Dr. Jordan Peters.