The Rev. Paul Sherry

The Rev. Paul Sherry

Cleveland, OH

The Rev. Dr. Paul H Sherry is a senior pastor at the Riverside Church in New York City, serving as the transitional operations minister. From October, 2010 through June 2012, the Rev. Sherry joined the staff of Interfaith Worker Justice. Working out of IWJ's Washington DC office, he spearheaded IWJ's work on the current unemployment crisis.  

The Rev. Sherry was the President of the United Church of Christ from 1989 to 1999.  From 2000 to 2005 he served as a consultant to the Center for Community Change and from 2003 to 2007 as the Coordinator of the Anti-Poverty Program of the National Council of Churches. During that same period he was the Executive Director of the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign. In the Spring of 2008 he was a visiting lecturer at Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he taught a course entitled "Faith Based Bodies and Social Transformation."

The Rev. Sherry served for many years on the staff of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, the U.S. mission arm of the denomination, then located in New York City. During his 17 years with the Homeland Board, he was General Secretary of the Publication Division and Publisher of the Pilgrim Press (1977-82), Executive Associate for Planning and Strategy (1971-1982), Editor of The Journal of Current Social Issues (1968-1980), and Secretary for Planning (1969-1971). From 1965 to 1969, he was the Executive Secretary of the United Church Council for Higher Education.

The Rev. Sherry was the Executive Director of Chicago's Community Renewal Society from 1982 until 1989.

He speaks on a regular basis on issues of church and society and has hosted religion and society talk shows on television and radio in Chicago, New York City and Cleveland. He is the author of numerous published articles, the Editor of The Riverside Preachers, Co-author of A Just Minimum Wage: Good for Workers, Business and Our Future, and a contributor to a number of other publications. 

The Rev. Sherry was a parish pastor at the Community United Church of Christ, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ (1961-1965), and at St. Matthew’s (now St. Luke’s) United Church of Christ, Kenhorst, Reading, Pa. (1958-1961).

Born in Tamaqua, a small coal town in northeast Pa., on December 25, 1933, The Rev. Sherry grew up as a member of what is now St. John’s United Church of Christ. He earned a B.A. degree (1955) from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa. and an M.Div. (1958) and a Ph.D. in theology (1969) from Union Theological Seminary, New York City.  He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest and elsewhere.

The Rev. Sherry has received honorary degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary, Eden Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, the Reformed Theological Academy, Debracan, Hungary, Lakeland College, Defiance College, Elmhurst College, Ursinus College.

He is married to Mary Louise Thornburg. The Sherrys are members of Euclid Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, they were members of The Riverside Church (1965-1982) and Kenwood United Church of Christ, Chicago (1982-1989). They  have two children and four grandchildren.