My vision for ministry is simple: for God alone to be glorified in all that I do. With this objective in mind, I long to preach the gospel, apply God's Word to its hearers, and to love God's people. Christ has accomplished all and justified me; therefore, I live for Him out of gratitude for His finished work in satisfying God’s wrath and sealing my salvation. I must do whatever is allowed by God to reach others with the gospel, to cultivate growth in them to maturity in Christ, and to equip them for the work of the ministry.
Born: 12 July, 1983
Salvation: Summer 2007
Family: Rachel Sherwood (married in 2010), Cora Sherwood (adopted March, 2016), and Oliver Sherwood (born January, 2018)
Ordained: 7 September 2014, Erlanger Baptist Church, Erlanger KY
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
M. Div. in Theology, Pastoral Ministry
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
B.A. in History, English
Children's Director, Christ the King, April 2017-January 2020
Developed children's ministry into a sustainable of around 50 children ages birth-12. Recruited volunteers and handled administrative tasks for the ministry. With assistance from pastoral staff, set goals for future scope of ministry, developed curriculum, and created budgets. Wrote and implemented child safety protocols. Taught classes in a twice-monthly rotation.
Church Planting Intern, North American Mission Board, June 2017-June 2018
1-year internship with NAMB at Christ the King Eastern Hills. Met regularly with church planting coach to learn effective strategies for church planting, evangelism, and family ministry. Developed leadership teams in children's ministry (see above, positions ran concurrently). Preached bi-monthly.
Deacon, Erlanger Baptist Church, 2016
Served the church in various capacities, mostly aimed at widow care. Coordinated the 2016 Naomi banquet for widows and widowers. Monthly hospital visits.
Pastoral Intern, Erlanger Baptist Church, 2014-2016
Organized Families in Action, EBC's summer community outreach program, including food drives, school supply drives, and other felt-needs ministries. Led Wednesday evening Bible studies and prayer meetings, including teaching on basics for new believers, outreach to Muslims, and and spiritual disciplines. Taught rotations in children's and student ministries. Served on Small Group Ministry team. Preached Sunday mornings occasionally. Preached Sunday service for Baptist Village Retirement Home monthly.
Small Group Leader, Erlanger Baptist Church, 2013-2016
Prepared and taught Bible-based curriculum to Young Adults, ages 20-40. Planned and led community outreach events. Maintained weekly prayer list of small group members. Coordinated evangelism strategy for group members.
Deacon, Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 2011-2012
Served the church in various capacities, mostly aimed toward caring for widows. Made regular phone calls and visits to shut ins. Made weekly hospital visits to members. Coordinated Serving Nashville, HHBC's felt-needs ministry.
Small Group Leader, Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, 2008-2012
Grew Young Adult Ministry from 4 regular attendees to multiple small groups of 10-12 members. Created and taught Bible-based curriculum for adults age 18-40. Planned and led community outreach events. Maintained weekly prayer list of small group members. Organized weekly community gathering outside regular Life Group hours for relational development of the members.