MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) pronounces the peaceable transition of Bishop John Henry Sheard, the beloved father of present Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle, Bishop J. Drew Sheard, on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Bishop Sheard served because the Chairman of the Board of Bishops of COGIC for greater than 20 years, offering management to greater than 500 bishops in the denomination. He turned the prelate of the Michigan Southwest First Jurisdiction in 1992 and the pastor of Detroit’s Better Mitchell Temple Church on January 1, 1982.
Born March 27, 1937, to the late O.S. and Kizziah Sheard, Bishop Sheard’s COGIC roots run deep. His father served because the pastor of the first or mom church of COGIC, based by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. After a full, youth in Mississippi, at age 17, he journeyed to Detroit, Michigan to construct a greater life and future for himself.
In Detroit, he started fellowshipping with Bailey Temple, underneath the management of Bishop John Seth Bailey. He answered the decision to evangelise in 1973 after a few years of service as a deacon and ardent employee within the youth division of each the native church and jurisdiction.
Bishop Sheard not solely served within the church however was very energetic within the metropolis of Detroit. He served as a Police Commissioner, a member of the Board of Administrators of the Detroit City League, and a member of the Metropolis of Detroit’s Human Rights Committee. As well as, Bishop Sheard earned each an undergraduate and graduate diploma from Wayne State College and was an educator within the Detroit Public Faculties for a few years.
In August 1956, Bishop Sheard married the love of his life, Willie Mae Gordon, they usually loved an exquisite marriage of 64 years till her passing in 2020. Collectively, they’ve two sons who’re very energetic in ministry at each the native, state and nationwide ranges: Bishop J. Drew Sheard, who at present serves because the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church Of God In Christ; and Superintendent Ethan B. Sheard, who serves because the Pastor of Better Mitchell Temple. Bishop Sheard was additionally a proud grandfather and nice grandfather.
The Basic Board, Officers and Members of the Church Of God In Christ collectively mourn the passing of our beloved Chairman and father of our Presiding Bishop.
Ultimate preparations shall be communicated on cogic.org as soon as accomplished.
The Church of God in Christ is without doubt one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations within the World and the fourth largest Protestant group in the US, with 12,000 church buildings in 120 international locations and tens of millions of adherents worldwide.
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