Sharma Denise Lewis

Atlanta Decatur Oxford District


District Superintendent of the Atlanta Decatur Oxford District

Rev. Sharma D. Lewis is a native of Statesboro, Georgia. She is a 1985 graduate of Mercer University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a 1988 graduate of the University of West Georgia, with a Master of Science degree in Biology.

Prior to her call to ministry, she was a biologist in the academic and corporate sectors for several years. After answering God’s call to ministry, she entered Gammon Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies with honors.

Rev. Lewis was ordained a Deacon in the North Georgia Annual Conference in 1999 and an Elder in 2002. She is best known for her diligent work in reaching the unchurched, professions of faith and new membership growth.

July 1, 2010, she was appointed as the District Superintendent of the Atlanta Decatur Oxford District. She served as Senior Pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC, McDonough Georgia from 2007-2010; where the congregation grew more than 650 members during her tenure. She served as Senior Pastor of Powers Ferry UMC, a cross-racial appointment and as Associate Pastor Ben Hill UMC.

Rev. Lewis is the recipient of the 2010 Harry Denman Evangelism Award and the G. Ross Freeman Leadership Award. She has served on numerous committees, boards and task force representing the United Methodist Church.