Shannon Cerneka serves in a number of roles in his full-time position at St. Peter Catholic Church and School in Fulton, MO. His responsibilities include teaching music in the school, coordinating youth faith formation, and overseeing Catholic campus ministry efforts at Westminster College and William Woods University. He has liturgical music published by WLP and GIA and will soon be adding OCP to the mix.
Shannon is originally from Belleville, IL but resides now in Fulton, MO with his wife Erin and their four children. Outside of work and family responsibilities, Shannon is a part-time itinerant music minister with Oddwalk, has been a long-time adjunct staff member with Young Neighbors in Action, and is a familiar face at events such as the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry.
Ever the extrovert, Shannon loved singing and performing and acting silly for people. Shannon taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs in high school. He’d play for CYO events, began offering his gifts to the local TEC center as weekend music directors and playing for parish liturgies.
When he graduated from high school, Shannon joined the Illinois Air National Guard and served for four years. He stayed involved with these groups and continued to grow in his love of the Lord and realization of His good gifts. Soon after being discharged from the Guard, Shannon felt the call to ministry and enrolled in the Youth Ministry Certificate program offered by the Center for Ministry Development. Upon completion of the program in 1999, the Lord called Shannon to move to Jefferson City, Mo. where he served as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Peter Parish. In 2011, he became youth minister, music teacher and campus minister at St. Peters in Fulton MO, where he continues to enjoy working today.
Shannon met Erin Ramsay in August of 2000 at a TEC function and they became friends immediately. After several months of friendship, they began a dating relationship in spring of the next year. Shannon proposed on Easter Sunday, 2002 in the presence of the people most important to both of them – their families. They were married in May of 2003, in Erin’s hometown of Fulton, Mo. They have since moved to Fulton where they celebrated the birth of daughter Madeleine in 2004, son Noah in 2006, so Aiden in 2009, and son Liam in 2012. Together, they continue to live their faith and share their gifts with the people of their community.