Reverend Hawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He has taken seminary classes from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California and Calvary Seminary in Kansas City. Before coming to First Baptist Church, he had served as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Wichita since 2002. Before taking the Senior Pastor position in Wichita, Reverend Hawn served as the Administrator/Director of Administration (2000-2002) and Minister/Director of Children’s Ministry (1998-2000) at First Baptist Church in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to entering the ministry, he was employed with Federated Insurance Companies of Owatonna, Minnesota (1980-1998).
Reverend Hawn possesses exemplary ministerial skills in the areas of preaching, program development, laity development, administrative leadership, pastoral care, and staff supervision. Through correspondence, face to face interaction, observation, and reference interviews, the search committee at First Baptist Harlan felt drawn to Pastor Hawn because of his strong leadership, the ease in which he conducts himself, his preaching style (expository as well as topical), and his personable ways. Noteworthy accomplishments while in his past position include leading his church in implementing a neighborhood outreach with programs to reach the homeless, and various multicultural communities surrounding their church building. The church also embraced small group ministry to encourage spiritual growth and a sense of church family within their walls.
Pastor Hawn arrived at First Baptist Church in Harlan in June of 2010. Since his arrival, he has been instrumental in providing leadership through the Reveal Survey process. Pastor Hawn has formed the Care Team to minister to shut-ins and windows of the church, lead many topical teachings relevant to today's world to supplement his weekly messages, and lead the formation of many new church departments to help First Baptist Harlan minister more effectively to those in the Harlan area.
Reverend Hawn enjoys football, hockey, basketball, and golfing. He is also a reader, coffee connoisseur, and a griller. The Hawn family has strong ties to the area because Sally grew up in the Walnut area (she is the daughter of LaVonne and the late John Anderson).