Pastor Dennis Oglesby Jr. is the new pastor at Sherman United Methodist Church, returning to a post he held between 1991 and 1997. He has been an ordained pastor for 29 year and come most recently from Transformation Community United Methodist Church (formally First Wesley Academy UMC), where he was Senior Pastor.
His accomplishments include the establishment of the Hennepin Avenue UMC Dignity Center, an outreach ministry that serves the needs of the poor and disenfranchised and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series on Racial Reconciliation as an annual event in the life of Hennepin Avenue UMC, in Minneapolis, Minn.
He is President of Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc, the official Caucus of African Americans of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. In the Northern IL Conference, he is also Chair of the SBC-21, Strengthening the Black Church of the 21st century and Board Member of the United Methodist Publishing House
Pastor Oglesby holds a master’s of divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Art in Mass Communications from Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss. He is married to Greta Oglesby, awarding winning actress and vocalist. They are the parents of two children, Meghann Dominique and Chase Michael and proud grandparents of Morgan Dennee and Roman Chase.
Sherman Methodist’s fellowship in Evanston Township traces its roots to a small group meeting in the home of Mrs. Lula B. Sherman in 1922, continuing through the decades as an ongoing community existing in several locations before coming to rest on the corner of Ridge Avenue and Noyes Street in 2002. Sherman has the honor of being the first and only place of worship named for a woman and an African American as well as being the only historically predominantly African-American United Methodist Congregation on the North Shore.