Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard (File photo)

The Right Rev. J. Drew Sheard, chief apostle and presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc, will be the guest preacher at on Sunday, March 19, at 10 a.m., at West Angeles Cathedral, 3600 S. Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles, announced Pastor Charles Blake II.

The occasion will mark Bishop Sheard’s first appearance at West Angeles since being appointed as spiritual leader of the worldwide organization in 2021.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, is the son of Bishop and Mrs. John Henry Sheard. After graduating from high school, he matriculated to Wayne State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and a Master of Education degree in Mathematics. Bishop Sheard is a former mathematics teacher and has served as senior pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ since 1988.

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Previously, he served as the prelate of the Michigan North Central Jurisdiction, a former Auxiliary In Ministries (AIM) Convention chairman, and International Youth Department president for COGIC. Since 2012, he has served as a member of the General Board. Sheard is married to Mrs. Karen Clark-Sheard, a member of the legendary Grammy Award-winning group – The Clark Sisters – and is the father of Kierra and J. Drew II. He has two grandchildren: Jacob and Kallie Drew.

Upon his election as presiding bishop, Sheard said, “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.”

He added, “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.”