Shannon Whaples

Lead Pastor

Born & raised in Almost Heaven, West Virginia! Yes it's true. You can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the boy. Along the way, I've had the privilege of learning from some incredible people and professional experiences. I hold a MA in Christian Education and an M.Div. from Wesley Seminary. Currently, I'm in the DMin program at Liberty University. In my spare time, I love college football and an occasional round of golf. Yet my greatest joy is my family - my wife Sandy and two amazing kids, Emily and Michael.

Where did you grow up? Nitro, WV

How do you like your coffee? Starbucks Kenya through a Jura... Black

Favorite 1am Snack? Frozen Kit-Kats

Current Netflix binge? Various Documentaries 

Favorite Battle Creek lunch spot? FireHub

What is the best part of working at Woodland? The people! I love working alongside our staff and volunteer leaders. Woodland Church is blessed by some of the best people I know, who relentlessly throw themselves into seeing God's Kingdom come in our church, city, and world.