Mr. Harrild GQ Interview
My name is Shawn Harrild, and I am married to Alicia. We’ve been enjoying marital bliss for eleven years, and we have two beautiful daughters: Ella and Zoey (a.k.a. Zozo or Zoster). I have had A LOT of jobs over the years. My favorite, before coming to Geneva, was being an insect trapper for the Department of Agriculture in Alameda County. In college, I studied film in hopes of one day working in Hollywood where I would become rich and famous. But when I gave my life to Christ, my focus shifted from myself to helping others. I enrolled in EMT school, completed those courses, before eventually earning a bachelor’s in history. From there, Alicia and I moved from the Bay Area to Fort Worth, Texas where I earned my Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with the hope of being a youth and family pastor. Geneva has found a unique way to utilize my educational background for the benefit of this amazing community.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
In my house, we are huge Disney fans. I would say spending a week at Disneyland or Disney World with the family. Another would be sipping coffee on a cold, quiet, and rainy day while reading or watching an old black and white film.
2. What is your greatest fear?
Losing that which I hold most dear, and being glitter-bombed by Sara Beth again.
3. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Glorifying one’s shame, and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
4. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Read the instructions and do you’re best.” and “Gracie, you cannot take all your friends to the bathroom.”
5. Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to play the guitar like Brendan Fessler or paint like Jayne Goodman.
6. Which fictional figure do you most identify with?
Samwise Gamgee. Doubtful of my abilities at times, but fiercely loyal to those I love.
7. What is your greatest regret?
Not taking my education serious until college.
8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Ella and Zoey… and teaching Anson everything he knows about dressing flamboyantly.
9. How would you like to die?
Saving the world in the most heroic way possible!
10. What subject would be your dream to teach?
Until this year, I would say cinematography. I’m living that dream!