Our Anointed Leader

Diocesan Bishop Sherman L. Merritt

An eminent leader, a man of profound integrity, Bishop Sherman L. Merritt is an extraordinary man of God. Bishop Merritt was born July 9, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee. April 3, 1967 he married Vera E. Smith. To this union three children were born, D'Anbrea, Sherman Jr. and Joselyn.

Educated in the Nashville city schools, he furthered his education by attending Tennessee State University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. April 1994, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Pentecostal Bible College in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Bishop Merritt has over 35 productive years in the ministry. He was appointed assistant pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church, Nashville, Tennessee under the pastorate of District Elder W. W. Harris in 1973. He was ordained in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW) in 1983.

Having served as a member of the National Evangelism Team, Bishop Merritt is active in the ministry of soul winning and establishing churches. In 1990, he was appointed District Elder in both Tennessee and Togo West Africa where he traveled teaching the gospel and ministering to the needs of the area people. He evangelizes the Nashville Community and surrounding areas spreading the gospel by way of radio broadcasts, community tutorial programs, fostering a program to secure grants that will assist in other community service outreach projects.

In 1992 he was elected Vice Chairman of the First Apostolic Council of Kentucky and Tennessee. After serving two terms he was elected and currently serves as Chairman. The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW) Executive Bishop's Board at the National Convention appointed him Suffragan Bishop in 1994.

In August of 2003, Bishop Merritt was consecrated Bishop during the Summer Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A man of vision, Bishop Merritt stands firmly on the undisputed Word of God. He enters the next level as the Diocesan of the First Apostolic Council of Kentucky and Tennessee of the Eleventh Episcopal district of the P.A.W. confident in the certain promises of God (Isaiah 25:1) with 
ANTICIPATION OF GREATER EXPECTATIONS