The leadership of this congregation was enriched by strengthening the ministry team of two (Leonardo D. Gilbert and the late Lemmie Nichols Sr.). James Davis Sr. (now deceased) was ordained as a Minister and worked faithfully to “save souls and keep souls saved” until his transition into eternity on January 1, 2008. Also serving as a valuable part of the ministerial team is Bro. Carl F. Burrage, who was added in 2005. Ministers who also worked with this congregation for a brief period during the period from 1995 until now were James H. Mason Jr., John T. Thomas, and Charles L. Smith. John Thomas, and his wife Doris, returned to the SHCC Team. In addition, to Bro. Thomas, we are blessed to have Bro. Edward Davis, Bro. Eddie Lance, and Bro. Will Smith serve as Assistant Ministers on our Ministerial Team.
Apart from our strong ministerial team, we are blessed to have a hard-working team of deacons and Ministry Team Leaders. This year, as the Sheldon Heights Church of Christ celebrated its 86th year, Jesus Christ is still the cornerstone of the congregation whose foundation was dug in 1931 by men who had the determination and vision to spread the Gospel on Chicago’s South Side. Even though many of them have passed on, we still stand firm on that foundation as we draw near the cross and strive daily to "Follow Him." We value the dreams and ideas of our past ministers and leaders, and we pledge that they will continue to remain in the forefront now and in the years to come. Sir Francis Drake in 1587 stated that “it is not the beginning of a work that brings the true glory but the carrying on of the same until the end.”
Colorful, strong threads in our tapestry represent past members, families, ministers, and events of Michigan Avenue and Sheldon Heights have been so tightly interwoven, down through the years, that it is difficult to separate endings from beginnings. Sheldon Heights Christians inherited a rich spiritual family heirloom tapestry that was started by our first full-time Minister, Bro. Levi Kennedy in 1931, passed on to our 2nd full-time Minister, Bro. Samuel Jordan in 1971, and passed on to our 3rd full-time Minister, Bro. Leonardo Gilbert in 1995. We are grateful to God for His blessings throughout the three ministerial eras in our congregation’s history. To God be ALL the glory!
SHCC Leadership at the 88th Church Anniversary
& Minister’s Appreciation
Leonardo D. Gilbert, Minister
Minister: Leonardo D. Gilbert
Assistant Ministers: Carl Burrage, Justin M. Carter,
Edward L. Davis, Eddie Lance, Will Smith & John T. Thomas
Deacons: Charles A. Cathey Jr. Carl Davis, Phillip Hampton, Lance S. Jones, DeWayne L. Mason, Kerry May, John Sanders
Elders: Charles A. Cathey Jr., Carl Davis, Leonardo D. Gilbert, Phillip Hampton, John T. Thomas
Deacons: Reginald L. Gilbert, Richard Hart, Theron Sherrod