Bishop John Henry Sheard, dead at 84 – Obituary 2021

From his passionate preaching to the wise words taught to clergy in Detroit and around the world, Bishop John Henry Hilde impressed others with his kind temperament and dedication to service.

The long-term pastor and regular member of the city’s religious community died on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the age of 84. Bishop Edgar Vann, the senior pastor of Second Ebenezer Church, who has known him for more than 40 years, said that he is “one of the top politicians in the local and international churches”.

“He is known for his strength, his beliefs, his ability to get things done, and his straightforwardness.” Bishop Sheard led the Church of Christ of God in the Great Mitchell Temple in Detroit and has been active in the denomination for a long time.

In 1992, he became the bishop of the first district of southwest Michigan, which also leads other clergy in the state. Although Bishop Sheard played an important role, “he was kind to everyone,” Fann said. “He walks with the king, but he still has something in common.” He was born on March 27, 1937, grew up in Mississippi, and learned from his father O.S. officials that Sheard was the first pastor of the COGIC congregation.

At the age of 17, Bishop Sheard moved to Detroit and joined Bailey Temple COGIC. According to his biography, he eventually received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Wayne State University and worked as an educator in Detroit Public Schools. His son said that Bishop Sheard taught social sciences, opened a driving school and helped prepare taxes. “He is an aggressive person. He works hard, and he is a person who always strives for excellence.”

Colleagues say that Bishop Hilde joined the ministry in 1973 after serving as a deacon for many years and working in the sect’s youth ministry. According to the church website, after serving as associate pastor at Seth Temple COGIC for several years, he was appointed to lead Detroit Great Mitchell on January 1, 1982.

According to the website, under his guidance, the number of members grew to the point that they needed to move to other buildings. Fann recalled that even when he was fighting disease, his audience liked his sermon. “When he stood up to talk, he put all his things in.” The role of Bishop Hilde also connects him with other missionaries who seek his advice to promote spiritual progress and promote their church.

“He wants all local churches to become strong, serve the people and preach the gospel,” said Charles Williams II, pastor of the historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, who leads the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network. “Because I know him, I am a better priest. No pastor who knows him will not say the same thing.” J. Drew Sheard described his father as a man of integrity. “He always said that the people you lead can believe your words and know that when you speak, they can trust you and have confidence in what you say,” he recalled. “He taught us that we must be an example of what we teach and preach.” In addition to the pulpit, Bishop Sheard is also active in the city. According to his biography, he served as the Chief of Police, joined the Detroit City League Board of Directors, and served on the City Human Rights Commission.

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