Rev. Horace Sheffield III, MPA, MA, Executive Director
The Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III, was born in Detroit, Michigan
during the midst of the Civil Rights and Labor Movements to
Horace L., Jr., and Mary Sheffield.
Through the work and legacy of his father Horace L.
who was the Vice President of the Negro American Labor
Council (NALC) under A. Philip Randolph, it’s Founder and
President, Rev. Sheffield, III, was
providentially exposed to various enduring models of
“servant leadership” and “prophetic societal challenge”.
Called to preached in June, 1965
at eleven years of age, while listening to the preaching of
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., who was in Detroit at the
invitation of his father to raise money for the Lowndes
County Movement, Rev. Horace L. Sheffield,
III, was licensed to preached on October 18, 1978 at the First Baptist Institutional Church
of Detroit, Michigan and was subsequently ordained there by
his spiritual father and ministry mentor the Reverend Dr.
Howard B. M. Fauntroy, Jr.
Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III, is a published writer having co-authored two
plays with Ms. Yolanda Denise King, the daughter of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., one of which is entitled
“Stepping Into Tomorrow” which was also co-authored by
Ms. Attallah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X.
Additionally, Rev. Sheffield,
along with Ms. King and Ms. Shabazz were the co-founders of
Nucleus, Inc., a New York based Theatrical
Company, which toured the country performing positive
messages for endangered youth.
The company also
included such performers as Gina Bellefonte, Ella Joyce of
Roc, and S. Epatha Murkupson of NYPD Blue.
In addition to writing plays, Rev.
Sheffield has also published articles and other materials
in The Michigan Chronicle, The Detroit News, The Michigan
Front Page, The African American Parent Magazine, and a
variety of other periodicals, television and radio
programming, as well as numerous newsletters and community
Presently, Rev. Horace L.
is the Pastor of Detroit’s
New Destiny Baptist
Church, known for
“Transforming Communities By Changing Lives..” .In
addition to his congregational duties and pastoral work,
Rev. Sheffield, in concert with the local church community,
organized The Safe Center, Inc., a faith based non-profit
of the church, which now serves over 1,000 clients a month
and boasts an annual budget in excess of $ 500,000.
Rev. Sheffield is also the
Executive Director of the Detroit Association of Black
Organizations (DABO) where he established and administers
their Detroit Cares
High School, an alternative
education high school, Project Self-Sufficiency, a program
providing GED instruction and job training for youth, and
manages all of the other various social and economic
programs of the agency.
Rev. Sheffield also served on the
staff of Detroit’s
Mayor Dennis W. Archer, was a former Board Member of St.
John NorthEast Community Hospital, is President of the
Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), is
Chairperson of the Detroit Ecumenical Ministers Alliance,
is a National Board Member of the Black Leadership
Commission on Aide, is a National Board Member of the
National Cares Movement under the leadership of Susan
Taylor, and is a Life Member of the NAACP.
Rev. Sheffield hosts a popular
weekly radio broadcast “On The Line” on WCHB AM1200/99.9FM that
has over 80,000 weekly listeners, hosts his own issue based
television talk show “Real Talk: on WADL Channel 38,
has a religious broadcast that airs nationally in over 70
Million homes on The WORD TV Network, weekly in over 70
million homes in Africa, is viewed regularly by American
troops on the Armed Services Network (ASN), and has served as a national journalist for
Rolling Out Urban Style Magazine.
Rev. Sheffield has two children
Horace Lindsey Sheffield,
IV, a musical producer, and Minister Mary Christine
Sheffield. Rev. Sheffield lives by the motto
and credo that once served as his father’s.
world is my homeland, and all of its people with their many
tongues and many religions are my brethren. And the fight for
full justice and freedom for all of them is my religion, and my
indomitable strength in this flows from my unshakable belief
that this is God’s will!”
Rev. Sheffield, when asked how he
would like to have his life best described has stated, “When
fate shall capture this mortal flesh and my soul shall soar to
reap it’s imperishable reward on distant shore may it be said
by those who knew Horace L. Sheffield, III, best that ‘he loved God and people and
sought to love and to serve both”.