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Rev Shane L Bishop

Senior Pastor

Christ Church, Fairview Heights, Illinois


Shane was named “A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church” by the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism in 2010.  With his strengths of vision casting, preaching, soul winning and leadership, Christ Church weekend worship attendance has increased under his leadership from 200 in 1997 to over 2,200 each week in 2016.  The Illinois Great River Annual Conference recognized the growth and outreach of Christ Church with its 2002, 2007-2017 Awards for Church Growth and Evangelism for Large Churches.  Christ Church was recognized as one of the ten fastest growing United Methodist congregations in the United States over the past decade and one of the 200 Fastest Growing Churches in America in 2016.

A former history teacher and coach, Shane holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. An Elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Shane graduated cum laude in 1992 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. There he received the Rollins Scholarship Award for his academic work and effectiveness in pastoral leadership at the St. James-Manchester Charge in Manchester, Georgia.  From 1992-1997 he served the Sumner/Beulah Charge in Sumner, Illinois where he was presented the Denman Evangelism Award in 1994.  He was appointed to Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois as its senior pastor in 1997. Christ Church has twelve weekly worship services, three regional campuses and a Biker Church.

Shane has been elected to represent the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) at General Conference three times, Jurisdictional Conference four times and served as a member of the North Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee from 2004-2012.  He has traveled extensively around the world in mission and ministry.  He is the author of three books, has been featured as a writer in various publications and has a single blog exceed 2,800,000 reads in 2017. Shane resides in Belleville, Illinois with his wife of 34 years, Melissa.  The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren.

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