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“How lovely is Your Tabernacle, LORD of hosts!“– Psalms 84:1
Pastor Greg Sheets and First Lady Melanie Sheets
Pastor Greg Sheets
Pastor Greg Sheets was born and raised in Licking County. He spent his first 24 years in the St. Louisville area and now currently resides in Newark.
Having been reared on a farm, he received an early education in hard work. Along with various farming duties, he was allotted the task of milking the cows before school and at night. This helped to develop a strong, consistent work ethic that would serve him well in his calling. Raised in church, at the tender age of 12, Pastor Sheets began to feel the tug of God on his heart. That tug would cause him to make a firm decision to walk with the Lord that continues until this current day.
From the time of his young conversion, he began to feel a great hunger to know God. He began to develop a prayer life and give himself to Bible study, so by the time he was 14, he began to answer the call to minister the gospel. Following that time, he served in several ministerial capacities including assistant to the Pastor, Youth Leader, Worship Leader, and Sunday school director. Whatever was needed in the work of the Lord, he gave himself wholeheartedly and sincerely to the task.
Because consistency and faithfulness in every endeavor were hallmarks of both his character and ministry, God was able to lead him to his next task in the Kingdom.
Pastor Sheets’ heart burned with a God-given vision to begin a new Apostolic work in the Granville/Newark /Johnstown area. At that time, many local towns did not have any Apostolic Pentecostal church. This area was void of the life changing power of Pentecost.
With the help of God’s provision, he was able to hold his first service in the township of McKean in August of 2000. Although they had no land, no building, and only a few people (8 attendee’s the first service), he determined that by grit and grace the vision would become reality.
Now, the church has an 18 acre campus and has already been through two church building projects erecting an edifice over 15,000 sq/ft in size. He is constantly challenging the church in various ways to create an environment of great victory and accomplishment. With authoritative prayer, commitment, and consistency this pioneer built a church that has been tearing down strongholds since that first Sunday in 2000.
First Lady Melanie Sheets
First Lady Melanie Sheets came to the Lord in the 1990’s. She was supernaturally led to attend a United Pentecostal Church by opening the phone book to the Church Directory and praying for God’s choice. She determined to go where her finger landed. This would mark the beginning of a fire-baptized soul who would endeavor to walk passionately with her God through valleys or mountaintops. Within a few months of attending a UPC church in Northeast Georgia, she would be baptized in Jesus name and a few months later receive her own personal Pentecost.
At the onset of her experience, the Lord began to cultivate a ministry of encouragement and intercessory prayer in her life. Her passion for God and His truth have propelled her to be involved in many ministries including: soul-winning, teaching home bible studies, ministering in Jails and Half-way houses.
Her passionate worship earned her the affectionate moniker of ‘Sister Praise’. Several years later, her praise would develop from the pew to the platform as she began to play and sing in God’s house. She has been heavily involved in worship departments from a large congregation church to a home mission’s church. She currently heads the Worship Department and strives by the grace of God to help lead the church into true, biblical, Spirit- filled praise.
Together Pastor Sheets and the First Lady make a dynamic team whose hearts beat in unison to see God’s glory poured out into souls hungry to know and live for Jesus. They have made it a priority to help shape and lead a church that expresses the love of Christ. Their passion is to invest in people. They desire to grow a people who are skilled and confident in their gifts and talents. King David not only was a giant killer, he rose up other giant killers. If the Lord should tarry, may the church be full of people who are all sold-out, blood-bought, Spirit and Truth-filled giant-killers — this is the heartbeat of their ministry.