David Sherwood is a native of Washington, DC and has worked in ministry for more than 40 years. He was ordained under Bishop Smallwood at the tender age of 21 and served as an elder under Bishop Eddie Long in Lithonia, Ga. In 2002, Pastor Sherwood and his wife, Paulette, founded New Birth Kingdom Church International in Carbondale, IL Pastor Sherwood shares how the Lord called this new work “church unusual” and would be a “sign” to the world.
Pastor David believes one of the ways this ministry will be “unusual” is to major in ministry outside rather than inside the walls and to expand the kingdom of God by winning souls, making disciples and teaching the people that they were created on purpose, with purpose. He also believes that focus of proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom must be based on the “substance” of the message and not the “style” of the delivery.
Besides ministry, Pastor Sherwood has two great passions, youth and sports. He says he has always been athletic and played semi-pro football for a several years, where he received numerous awards for his skills. Upon moving to Atlanta, he began coaching football and basketball in the Park Leagues for Youth. Pastor Sherwood says he has always seen this time in his life as an additional opportunity God gave him to pour into young men. Many of those he coached have gone on to become ministers, elders, and pastors in some the largest and most successful churches in the Atlanta area. He states that God has blessed him with the ability to see the potential in people and to help them realize that potential. He sees himself as a “father” to the next generation of fatherless men, teaching them and training them how to be godly men, husbands and fathers.
Pastor David is a certified professional Christian life coach. He received his certification through (PCCCA) Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy. One of his greatest passions is to help individuals discover, activate, and move into their God – given assignment. “Part of my life’s calling is to help the people of God discover and understand the purpose and the destiny that exist within each of them. Christian Life Coaching is a great opportunity to help people transition through those times when they seem stuck.” One of my greatest strengths is putting people at ease and making them feel loved and accepted.