Church of God in Christ announces new Presiding Bishop to lead organization worldwide

Memphis, Tenn. — The Church of God in Christ has a new leader, the church announced Saturday.

Bishop J. Drew Sheard of Detriot, Michigan takes over as the head of the worldwide organization whose headquarters resides in South Memphis.

He said the opportunity to serve the church in this manner is a dream come true by the grace of God.

“I am humbled and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve this extraordinary organization, the Church of God in Christ, as its new leader and Presiding Bishop,” Sheard said. “To be elected to serve as the Presiding Bishop for the Church in which I was born, raised, and have learned and served all my life, is a dream and desire that can only be fulfilled by God’s loving grace and guidance. The opportunity to serve such an extraordinary organization at our highest recognized level of priesthood is beyond humbling. I am so grateful for the unparalleled support of my loving wife, Karen, who has served diligently alongside me in ministry, and for my children.   I could never adequately honor or appreciate my parents for demonstrating holiness by sheer example. With complete excitement and joy, I look forward to serving the Lord’s people.”

Sheard, 62, is a Detriot native who graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Education degree in Mathematics.

The new Presiding Bishop served as senior pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ since 1988.

Sheard has served in many roles throughout his time in the church.

He is the prelate of the Michigan North Central Jurisdiction, was a former Auxiliary In Ministries Convention chairman and International Youth Department president for COGIC.

Since 2012, Sheard has served as a member of the General Board, a release from the Church of God in Christ said.

Sheard has chosen Bishop Jerry. W. Macklin of California and Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten Sr. of Missouri as his first and second assistant Presiding Bishops, respectively.