Shawn Stafford was born on March 4, 1974 in Rochester, MN. He was baptized on March 24, 1974 at Grace Lutheran Church (WELS) in Oronoco, MN. There he was confirmed on April 24, 1988. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1992. He graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in 1994, and received his BA in History and Ancient Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1996.
He began his studies at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in the fall of 1996. During his middler year of seminary, 1997-1998, he served as vicar at Christ Lutheran Church (WELS) in Zumbrota, MN. After completing his classroom work in 1999, he served as vicar at Reformation Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, OR. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Seminary in June 2000. He was assigned to St. Paul Lutheran in Lengby, MN and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bagley, MN, where he was ordained and installed on July 9, 2000. He served there until June 2011. He also served as Alternate Circuit Visitor and later Circuit Visitor. In May 2011, Shawn was called as to serve Hartland and Manchester Lutheran Churches. He was installed there on June 19, 2011.
While attending Bethany Lutheran College, Shawn met Amy Rasmussen of Monticello, MN, in 1993. They were married on December 28, 1996 at Trinity Chapel on the Bethany campus. Shawn and Amy have three children: Solveig (12), Jonah (10, and Anju (5).