Rev. Melvin F. Shearin II is a gifted, spirit-filled, and dynamic visionary and pastor of the Great Hope Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. He is a God-led leader and has a passion for ministry outside the walls of the church. Under Rev. Shearin’s leadership the church has continued to grow spiritually and financially. He is the fourth pastor to be installed in the 73-year history of the church.
Rev. Shearin is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and the son of the late Deacon Melvin A. and Rev. Lillian A. Shearin; he is also the identical twin of the late Rev. Kelvin A. Shearin. He is the proud father of Trey Melvin and the surrogate father to his nephew Taj-DeAndre Leake. Rev. Shearin has 24 years of experience in Finance and Banking and while he worked he persevered by furthering his education. He earned a Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program at Howard University Divinity School. He has authored and published two books of poetry entitled Unabashedly Truthful (2004) and Obscured Perception (2006). He is also a certified Pre-and Post-Marital Counselor through the Prepare-Enrich Workshops, Incorporated.
Rev. Shearin inspires and empowers through teaching and training. He has served as an adjunct professor at Virginia University of Lynchburg on the Burgess, Virginia campus where he taught classes in Church Administration, Christian Education, Christian Ethics and Old Testament. Rev. Shearin has participated in statewide training and facilitated various workshops on behalf of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the Northern Neck Association of Virginia. He has also effectively taught and trained more than 100 clergy in the study of hermeneutics.
Additionally, Rev. Shearin holds membership in spiritual, civic minded, and fraternal organizations. He is a member of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and Vicinity where he is the Recording Secretary and is also the Second-Vice Moderator for the Shiloh Ministers’ Conference in Richmond, VA. He is Vice-Moderator of Area 2 for the American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS). Rev. Shearin serves as a board member for various organizations such as Integrated Community Agency for Referrals and Education (IN-CARE), the Community Relations Board (CRB) and the Healthy U 7th District Health and Wellness Initiative. He is a proud member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Upsilon Nu Chapter of Richmond, Virginia.
In July of 2014, Rev. Shearin was one of 50 candidates selected in the world to attend the Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching at the Princeton Theological Seminary. Through this continuing education opportunity, he became an Engle Fellow recipient. In October 2016, he was selected as one of fifteen candidates to attend Wake Forest University School of Divinity for Clergy Making a Place, a pastoral leadership program that commits itself to providing an environment for pastoral and business leadership throughout the states of North Carolina and Virginia. This program offers clergy the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and respond to the social and economic challenges of the communities they serve.