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Director of The AdvanceShawn Bakker

Associate General Secretary/Director
Phone: 212-870-3791
Email: sbakker@gbgm-umc.org

Shawn was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She graduated from Perkins School of Theology with a Masters of Theological Studies and from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN with an Education/Psychology Degree. Shawn is commissioned as a deacon in the North Texas Conference.

Prior to Shawn's involvement with Global Ministries, she was the founder and director of Project Transformation, a not-for-profit organization in Dallas that connected young adults seeking leadership opportunities to urban communities. Shawn has other faith-based non-profit experiences as the program director at Wesley-Rankin Community Center in Dallas.

At The Advance, Shawn:

  • • Provides leadership and vision to the staff and work of The Advance
  • • Supervises staff