About Shawn McCraney: A Journey of Authenticity and Faith

Welcome to The Great News Network, your gateway to sincere and contextual knowledge of YAHAVA and His Word. Meet Shawn McCraney, the visionary founder behind this revolutionary platform, and delve into his captivating journey of rebellion, redemption, and relentless pursuit of truth.

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The Man Behind the Vision

Capture from The Butcher Boy. Source: The Irish Times

Shawn McCraney’s life is a testament to the power of authenticity and the pursuit of truth. Born in Los Angeles in 1961 to parents deeply entrenched in the Mormon faith, Shawn’s upbringing was a blend of religious indoctrination and a yearning for something more profound.

A Journey of Rebellion and Discovery

Capture from The Decline of Western Civilization. Source: The Cornell Daily Sun

From a young age, Shawn possessed an artist’s temperament, inherited from his father. Despite the rigid structure of Mormonism, Shawn found solace in the nascent punk movement of Los Angeles and Orange County. Punk ethos resonated deeply with Shawn, offering him a sense of authenticity and self-expression that he couldn’t find within the confines of organized religion.

The Road to Transformation

Capture from The Passion of Joan of Arc. Source: Luddite Robot

Shawn’s discontent with Mormonism led to seventeen years of soul-searching. Despite embracing various ideologies and philosophies, he found himself hollowed out and devoid of hope. It wasn’t until a chance encounter with a Christian radio broadcast in 1997 that Shawn experienced a profound transformation.


Embracing Faith and Authenticity

Shawn McCraney hosting his live call-in show Heart of the Matter.

Realizing the futility of self-redemption, Shawn embraced a new identity rooted in faith. He became an independent student of the biblical narrative, seeking to understand and embody the teachings of Christ in their purest form.

The Birth of The Great News Network

Screenshot of an Introduction to The Great News Network on YouTube

In 2006, Shawn’s vision culminated in the creation of The Great News Network. Through meticulous research and unwavering dedication, Shawn and his team bridged the gap left by failing religious institutions and faltering theological justifications. The network’s mission? To provide sincere and contextual knowledge of YAHAVA and His Word, offering individuals the freedom to pursue or not pursue God on their personal journey.

The Channels

At the core of The Great News Network are seven channels, each catering to diverse needs and levels of understanding:

Heart of the Matter

As the host and writer of this live weekly call-in show, Shawn deconstructs Mormonism and Evangelicalism, offering a fresh perspective on complex theological issues.

Verse by Verse (Formerly C.A.M.P.U.S.)

In this channel, Shawn serves as the main teacher, parsing and contextualizing Biblical texts verse by verse, providing invaluable insights into scripture.

Christian Ultra Libertarians for Truth

Through a self-guided educational course, Shawn empowers individuals to find liberty in Christ, challenging conventional religious paradigms.


A community content platform fostering faith and love, where Shawn collaborates with spiritually intelligent colleagues to create authentic, thought-provoking content.

I Don't Get The Bible

In this bi-weekly beginner’s survey of the Bible, Shawn answers questions in a conversational podcast format, making scripture accessible to all.

The Christian Peace Initiative

As the organizer of this channel, Shawn champions love and unity among Christians, fostering a spirit of reconciliation and understanding.

A United Front

In this channel, Shawn extends an invitation for love among all faiths, promoting dialogue and cooperation across religious boundaries.

Shawn McCraney: A Living Testimony to Faith and Authenticity

For over two decades, Shawn has dedicated his life to sharing the transformative power of faith. From hosting television programs to presenting over 2000 hours of online and television presentations on the biblical faith, Shawn continues to inspire and educate.

Embracing Authenticity, Pursuing Truth

Join Shawn McCraney and The Great News Network on a journey of discovery, authenticity, and spiritual enlightenment. Together, we cultivate agape love in individuals and the world, one truth-seeker at a time.

Shawn's Interviews and Key Teachings

Researcher on Sociopathy and Anti-Social Personality Disorder Matthew Bywater interviews Shawn McCraney to reveal the efficacy of the perspective of The Great News in a believer’s life. 

Shawn’s seminar on The End of Material Religion. And, according to us, its the best 90 minutes a Christian can spend. 

From Mormon Stories: “Continuing our theme of interviewing past guests from some of our most popular and impactful interviews, we interview Shawn McCraney who first appeared on Mormon Stories in February 2010 to discuss his experience as a “Born-Again Mormon.” Shawn currently leads a church in Murray, Utah called C.A.M.P.U.S and has continued the ministry through a weekly streaming service, called Heart of the Matter. Shawn is widely known for his bold and sometimes bare-knuckled approach when comparing Mormonism to Christianity, and given his reputation as an animated and articulate speaker, this interview will keep you entertained and perhaps inspired.”

From Mormon Stories: “Street Epistemology week continues with Anthony Magnabosco and special guest exMormon Christian pastor Shawn McCraney. After building the foundation of SE with episodes 1-3, in part 4, Shawn is kind enough to play our interlocutor as Anthony questions him about the roots of his religious beliefs. You’ll likely be very surprised with the way this interview progresses as Anthony does his best to display Street Epistemology in the Mormon Stories studio!”