Church of God in Christ Elects Detroit Pastor J. Drew Sheard as New Presiding Bishop

A Detroit pastor, J. Drew Sheard, has been elected to lead Church of God in Christ (COGIC), a growing denomination with millions of members, the latest example of clergy from Michigan becoming national leaders of faith groups.

Sheard, 62, who leads Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church in Detroit, was elected Saturday by delegates with COGIC at their national assembly, which was held online, to be COGIC’s presiding bishop, its highest ranking leader.

“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.”