Elder Owens F. Shepard Sr. is the son of Mother Armett Shepard and the late Deacon Owens C. Shepard. Being raised in a Christian family, the Word of God was always instilled in him. It had been prophesied that he would one day preach but as he grew older he strayed away from the calling on his life. He joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and moved away from Rochester shortly afterward. After serving on active duty, he returned home to Rochester where he worked in a variety of jobs and even started his own successful business of training security guards from all over the county. In 1996, while his mother lay sick, Elder Shepard accepted the salvation of Jesus in his heart and began working more and more in the church. Elder Shepard was called into the ministry in April of 2000. He was ordained on August 12, 2001. At this time he was also installed as Pastor of God Healing Temple. Elder Shepard started the God Healing Temple Radio Revival, a radio show where he and Mother Shepard preached the gospel and prayed for those who called in. This show lasted for 3 1/2 years until the radio station changed their program format. In July of 2007 he started The God Healing Temple Global Media Network which serves as the production arm for the God Healing Temple Television Revival broadcast on RCTV Channel 15 and internet radio stations that broadcast to a worldwide audience via the internet. Elder Shepard is dedicated and faithful to God. He loves to preach fresh gospel directly from heaven. He has done an excellent job thus far in leading God's people. Elder Shepard is married to Elect Lady, Lakisha Shepard (Walker) and together they are the proud parents of eleven children.