Meet the Board: Sean Palmer

I’ve been called a lot of things in life – my favorite name is Daddy – but since only my two daughters get to call me that, most people call me Sean. My standard biography is a standard example of boilerplate boredom:

Sean Palmer is the Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, one of America’s most innovative and vibrant multi-site churches, serving a predominance of Millennials and young adults. Previously profiled in Christian Standard Magazine as one of  “40 Leaders Under 40,” and with 21-years of ministry experience, Sean is a sought-after national keynote speaker, teacher, writer, and workshop facilitator. His writing has been featured on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed, Sojourners,, The Lookout Magazine and Christian Standard Magazine.

Sean is also a featured writer for Missio Alliance, co-host of Not So Black and White with Sean Palmer and John Alan Turner podcast, a contributing writer to The Voice Bible, and author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community, which has been called “the best book about the church.” Sean is also a frequent guest on a range of national podcasts and has been featured on National Public Radio.

Sean and his wife, Rochelle, have been married for over 20-years and live near downtown Houston with their teenaged and pre-teen daughters. In his free time, Sean enjoys sports, fitness training, reading, sharing life with his family, and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs and Manchester United Football Club.


But the deeper truth is that spend a lot of time trying to understand my place in God’s kingdom and helping others understand theirs. In 21-years of ministry, the most persistent question I’ve heard is “how can I grow spiritually.” Most questioners want a book or sermon to listen to, but the answers is always and only commitment to spiritual practices.

I believe Eleven: 28 helps connect people to the spiritual growth necessary for us to live into God’s preferred future. Spiritual formation, though foundationally important for ministry, is often grossly overlooked and the church’s ministers are perpetually struggling to be the kind of women and men spiritually formed to shepherd God’s people. Eleven: 28 helps solve that problem.

Serving on the Board of Directors for Eleven: 28 is, for me, a means of providing, via events, teaching, and smaller groups, an avenue to serve the church and her ministers which I cannot serve directly. Knowing, Eleven: 28’s founder, Rhesa Higgins, for over 20-years, there are few people I trust more with the care and nurturing of the church’s caregivers.

Soul-care is the most vital and significant work we can do. This is the central work of Eleven: 28 Ministries and it deserves all that we can give it.


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