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William Sheals    

Senior Pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist

Spirit-filled teacher, great visionary, loving, and dedicated are all words that adequately describe this great Man of God, Bishop William Sheals. “Papa Sheals”, as he’s known by his flock, because of the fatherly, AGAPE love and compassion that he shows toward each of his members. He is the senior pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA.

​ Bishop Sheals, a Lakeland, FL native, came to Hopewell in May 1980. Under his direction and leadership, Hopewell grew from a small rural church to a suburban mega church. Bishop Sheals is extremely grateful to God for blessing this great union of pastor and church for 32 years, which is rarely heard of in today’s religious communities.

​ In 1990, God gave Bishop Sheals a great vision of transforming a 32 acre junkyard, into a beautiful complex where God is glorified. He wrote the vision and printed it for all to see. After much prayer and hard work, this great vision began to manifest in 1992. Today this awesome community is known as the “City of Hope” which houses a Child Development Center, Youth Center, Senior Citizen Center, Adult Fitness Center, and a Mall. The City of Hope also has a fully accredited 500 capacity Christian Academy, for grades K4 – 12th grade and an accredited Bible College."

​ Bishop Sheals is a generous giver which is evident in his personal ministry, “Preparing for the Mission”. This is an outreach ministry that provides spiritual, physical, and financial aid to Christians who need extra assistance above and beyond what they receive from the church and community.

​ Bishop Sheals is indeed a great under shepherd for the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. The fact that he’s an awesome effective teacher is evident in the 179 sons and daughters that he’s reared and trained in the ministry - 12 who now pastor their own congregations. He is also very well respected nationally and internationally in both the Christian and non-Christian communities. In April 2007, God’s favor again enveloped this man of God as he was consecrated Bishop and Overseer for The Light House Ministries. Founded in 2006, The Light House Ministries is a non-profit ministry established to mentor, train and equip Pastors for Pastoral ministry. The Light House Ministries is committed to preparing Pastors and core Leaders, both locally and abroad, with Biblical precepts in Church Leadership and Congregational Nurturing. ​

Bishop Sheals has written over 7 inspirational books and has received numerous awards and honors such as the Presidential Special Citizens Award for Founding Director of Ministers Against Drugs in 1989, Founding president of the North Metro 100 Black Men in 1993, recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award in 1999, and Who’s Who in Black America in 2002, and most recently Bishop Sheals received the Gwinnett County NCCAP Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently serving as Ambassador of Reconciliation and Goodwill for Israel and is also acknowledged in History Maker’s African American History Archive. He is also the founder and CEO of 500 Men of Valor LLC and The International spokesmen for the Global Peace Movement. ​

Bishop Sheals most recent accomplishment was the independent film “Sunday Morning Rapture”, which he produced and directed by way of his production company END TOUCH MOVIE, LLC. The vision given to him was to win 100,000 souls for Christ through this powerful movie." ​

Bishop Sheals has an incredible sense of humor and is a fun-loving father. His son Ryan is a successful Real Estate Broker in Indianapolis, IN. His beautiful daughter Ari attends the University of Texas San Antonio. ​

Even with all of the great things that Bishop Sheals has accomplished, his ultimate goal is salvation for all. Just as Jesus said, “It is not his desire that any man should perish.” He has and will continue to do his part to win souls for the kingdom and encourage all to “Walk in Authority”.

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