Spirit-filled teacher, great visionary, loving, and dedicated are all words that adequately describe this great Man of God, Bishop William Sheals. “Papa Sheals”, as he’s known by his flock, because of the fatherly, AGAPE love and compassion that he shows toward each of his members. He is the senior pastor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA.
Bishop Sheals, a Lakeland, FL native, came to Hopewell in May 1980. Under his direction and leadership, Hopewell grew from a small rural church to a suburban mega church. Bishop Sheals is extremely grateful to God for blessing this great union of pastor and church for 35 years, which is rarely heard of in today’s religious communities.
In 1990, God gave Bishop Sheals a great vision of transforming a 32 acre junkyard, into a beautiful complex where God is glorified. He wrote the vision and printed it for all to see. After much prayer and hard work, this great vision began to manifest in 1992. Today this awesome community is known as the “City of Hope” which houses a Child Development Center, Youth Center, Senior Citizen Center, Adult Fitness Center, and a Mall. The City of Hope also has a fully accredited 500 capacity Christian Academy, for grades K4 – 12th grade and an accredited Bible College."
Bishop Sheals is a generous giver which is evident in his personal ministry, “Preparing for the Mission”. This is an outreach ministry that provides spiritual, physical, and financial aid to Christians who need extra assistance above and beyond what they receive from the church and community.