Senior Pastor

Don Sheerin

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Rev. Donald J. Sheerin, Jr was elected Pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church on October 28, 2002. He was elevated to the position of Senior Pastor on February 25, 2006. He is the District Sunday School Director for the Missouri District United Pentecostal Church, a position he has held since July 2005.  He is also the Director of Promotions for the General Sunday School Division of the United Pentecostal Church International, a position he has held since February 2007. He also serves on the Missouri District Board as Presbyter for Section 4, which he has held since July 2011.

Prior to coming to Kennett, Bro. Sheerin was a full-time evangelist based out of Solid Rock Ministries in Fenton, Missouri.  He has served as principal of West Point Christian Academy in Doniphan, Missouri, and as assistant pastor of Deeper Life UPC in West Plains, Missouri.  He also served as Missouri District Youth Secretary from 1999-2004.

He and his wife, Chae (who serves as Section 4 Ladies Ministries President), have three daughters:  Tess, Emma, and Abby.


Sandy Smith

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Sis. Sandy Smith was elected Secretary of the First United Pentecostal Church on December 13, 2004. She had previously worked as a church receptionist since December 2003. Prior to that she worked at a local manufacturing plant as Senior Cost Accounting Clerk for 18 years. She became a member of Kennett First UPC in July, 1987. She has been teaching in the Sunday School Department's Kindergarten Class since Sept., 2000.

Sandy and her husband, Earl, have 5 daughters: Angela, Tracy, Michelle, Rebecca, and Julia; 1 granddaughter, Alayna; and 2 grandsons, Zane and Brody.

Children's Ministry Co-Director

Lesia Willett

Sis. Lesia Willett serves as the Children's Ministry Co-Director. Her heartbeat and passion is to see children brought to salvation. In her position as Children's Ministry Director she serves as the Sunday School Superintendent, Masterpiece Club Director, and VBS Coordinator. She has been the Teacher of the Year for the Missouri District (2010), and the Teacher of the Month for the UPCI (August 2012).

She has three children: J.J, Ashley, and Hannah.

Multimedia Director

Chris Johnson

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Rev. Christopher L. Johnson grew up in the First United Pentecostal Church. He serves as the Assistant Principal of Kennett Christian Academy, teacher in the PreTeen class, Missionary Liason, Multimedia Director, and on the Church Board. He also serves as the Sunday School Director for Section 4, a position he has held since May 2009.

He and his wife Star (former youth pastor at Abundant Life UPC in Potosi, MO 2002-2005) have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua and one daughter, Jessica.

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Be What He Needs You To Be In Chapter Three

Pastor Donald Sheerin
Date: June 13, 2021
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