Church Of God In Christ Elects J. Drew Sheard as New Presiding Bishop

Sheard Takes Over for Bishop Charles E. Blake as Head of Pentecostal Denomination

COGIC Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard
COGIC Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard. (Photo: / Stephen Savage, Savage Graphics LLC)

Bishop J. Drew Sheard has been elected as the new presiding bishop of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ, after delegates voted Saturday in a virtual assembly.

Sheard, of Detroit, Michigan, is pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church and jurisdictional prelate of the Michigan North Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He has previously served on the general board.

“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,” Sheard said in a news release. “The opportunity to serve such an extraordinary organization at our highest recognized level of priesthood is beyond humbling.”

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