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Bishop William L. Sheals

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Official
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak (T-Bone Smothered)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Father, Nothing Is Going To Happen To Me Today That You and I Together Cannot Handle.

Birthplace

Born:
1/15/1947
Birth Location:
Lakeland, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Official
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak (T-Bone Smothered)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
Father, Nothing Is Going To Happen To Me Today That You and I Together Cannot Handle.

Birthplace

Born:
1/15/1947
Birth Location:
Lakeland
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Biography

Teacher, preacher and evangelist, Dr. William L. Sheals has been the Senior Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Norcross, Georgia since 1980. He received a business degree from New York University and holds theological degrees from Florida Memorial Seminary and International Bible College.

Sheals' experience in the business world includes acting as the former Vice President of the Mortgage Department of Carver Federal Savings and Loan Association in Harlem, New York. Subsequently, he managed the branch office of Beneficial Financial Company in the Bronx and worked as a disc jockey, a concert promoter and an actor and director off-Broadway. In Florida, he served as the Assistant Director of the Lakeland Housing Authority while pursuing his advanced studies there. He moved to Atlanta in 1979 to work as the Assistant Director of the Atlanta Housing Authority, but left the position after ten years to devote himself entirely to the rapidly-growing Hopewell Baptist Church, which was founded by former slaves after the Civil War.

Under Sheals' direction since 1980, Hopewell has grown from a two-acre, one-building facility with 200 members to a thirty-acre campus called "The City of Hope," with a membership of nearly 17,000, including over 60 ministries and auxiliaries. The City of Hope includes a senior citizens facility, a 500-member youth church, a child development center, a Christian Academy that teachers pre-school through eighth grade and a Bible College.

Sheals' leadership and civic service has been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for Community Service (1999) the Civic Leader of the Year Award, Gwinnet County (1995) the African American Community Service Award (1994) the Outstanding Humanitarian Award, National Kidney Foundation (1988) and the Presidential "Special Citizen" Award for acting as Director of "Ministries Against Drugs" (1989). He is the founding President of the North Metro 100 Black Men and member of the United Way Special Committee, the Rotary Club, the Human Relations Commission and the Mayor's Advisory Council.




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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Sheals' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Sheals lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Sheals describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Sheals describes his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Sheals talks about his childhood business, The Sheals Theater
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Sheals talks about delivering groceries as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Sheals talks about his childhood love of football and acting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Sheals shares stories about his childhood experiences with discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Sheals talks about the teachers who influenced him as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William Sheals describes the role of the church in his childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William Sheals describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - William Sheals describes how the Civil Rights Movement affected his childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - William Sheals describes when he discovered his dream of being an actor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - William Sheals talks about being drafted to serve in the military
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Sheals describes the work he performed during his military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Sheals describes his occupations in the years after the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Sheals talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Sheals talks about being a radio disc jockey in Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Sheals describes being a concert promoter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Sheals remembers being called to the ministry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Sheals remembers being called to the ministry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Sheals talks about ending his career as a disc jockey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Sheals talks about being hired as Deputy Director of the Lakeland Housing Authority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Sheals describes acknowledging the call to the ministry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William Sheals recalls his first sermon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - William Sheals considers how his experiences in radio, acting, and banking shaped his preaching skills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - William Sheals describes what influenced him to move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Sheals talks about being hired by the Atlanta Housing Authority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Sheals describes how he was called to preach at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Sheals describes how he was called to preach at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Sheals talks about the vision he received for The City of Hope
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Sheals describes how he acquired the property for The City of Hope, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Sheals describes how he acquired the property for The City of Hope, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William Sheals talks about church bonds
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William Sheals describes how he acquired the property for The City of Hope, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William Sheals talks about the 1993 dedication of the City of Hope sanctuary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William Sheals describes how relying on faith allowed him to fulfill his vision
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - William Sheals describes the significance of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church to Norcross, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - William Sheals comments on the significance of the black church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - William Sheals talks about the programs and services The City of Hope offers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - William Sheals talks about the programs and services The City of Hope offers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Sheals talks about chartering 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Sheals describes how Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church serves the community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Sheals describes what motivated him to become an author
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Sheals describes what motivated him to write 'Pastor Help! My Marriage is in Trouble!'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Sheals talks about some of the themes in 'Pastor Help! My Marriage is in Trouble!'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Sheals shares his plans for the future of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William Sheals shares his plans for the future of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William Sheals talks about his beard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William Sheals describes his church's annual reenactment of the Upper Room scene
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William Sheals describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - William Sheals shares a message for the youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Sheals talks about the challenges and advantages mega-churches face
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Sheals comments on the concepts of "black theology" and "black Christianity"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Sheals reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Sheals narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Sheals narrates his photographs, pt. 2