MICHAEL C. CATT
Senior Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church
CHURCH: Michael has served as Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church since 1989. The church has 3,000 members and has averaged one hundred baptisms each year. Thousands have joined the church from Albany and 29 surrounding communities. The church has changed from a neighborhood church to a regional, multi-ethnic congregation with members from eleven nations. Sherwood has three campuses covering 130-plus acres—the main church campus, the lower school campus and the upper school campus. The 82-acre sports complex, Legacy Park, is currently being developed with tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, equestrian center, fishing pond, pavilion and other facilities to reach the community through sports and recreation. “Path to Truth,” the weekly broadcast of Sherwood’s services, is available on the web and via podcast at www.sherwoodbaptist.net.
ReFRESH® CONFERENCES: In 2003, Michael began a conference focused on revival and the victorious Christian life. ReFRESH® is held annually in Albany, Georgia, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Pastors from all over the country have attended these conferences. You may find more information about the conferences at www.refreshconference.org.
WEBSITES: Michael is the editor of www.2ProphetU.com, a resource website developed with Warren Wiersbe designed to encourage pastors and lay leaders. Because of his heart for pastors and churches, he is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. Michael is also the editor of a website established to maintain awareness of the ministries of Vance Havner (www.vancehavner.com) and Ron Dunn (www.rondunn.com).
SHERWOOD PICTURES: This ministry of Sherwood began with a conversation between Michael and Alex Kendrick on a back lot tour of Disney World. That conversation birthed a very “out of the box” church outreach. Michael’s goal is to change the world from Albany, Georgia. While that may seem like a radical, even ridiculous, statement from a pastor in Southwest Georgia, it has, in fact, become a reality through Sherwood Pictures. Michael has served as the Executive Producer of Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof, as well as several music and video projects.
In order to help churches use movies as a resource, Michael, along with Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick, has worked with Provident Films, Outreach and LifeWay Resources to develop Bible studies in conjunction with Facing the Giants and Fireproof.
INTERVIEWS: Michael has been interviewed by magazines and newspapers including Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA Today, and other print media. He has appeared on Dr. Phil, The Fox News Channel, CNN Headline News, The Glenn Beck Show, Janet Parshall’s America, American Family Radio, The 700 Club, TBN and Richard Land Live!.
Sherwood Pictures, has been featured in over 400 articles and features including The Drudge Report, Baptist Press, AP Radio, American Family Radio, Focus on the Family, Good Morning America, Agape Press, Christianity Today, CNS News, National Public Radio, Purpose Driven Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Michael Reagan Show and The Conservative Voice.
PUBLISHING: Michael is the author of many books, including the best selling Fireproof Your Life and Prepare for Rain. Fireproof Your Life was the fastest selling book in the history of CLC Publications. He has released the four-part ReFRESH® book series with Broadman & Holman, including The Power of Desperation (released May 2009), The Power of Persistence (released September 2009), The Power of Surrender (released in March 2010), and The Power of Purpose (released in October 2017). He has also co-authored the Love Dare Curriculum. Michael has also written Upgrade, Courageous Living, and Courageous Teens. He is the author of numerous articles and a contributor to several collections of sermons and a book on evangelism. A prolific writer, Michael wrote a weekly column, “From the Cluttered Desk,” for many years which was read by thousands of believers and leaders around the country.
OTHER MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT: Michael served as the President of the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference, representing over 42,000 churches. He has spoken at conferences, colleges, seminaries, rallies, camps, NBA and college chapel services, well as The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. He was also honored to be the sole Southern Baptist representative at a small group meeting with President George W. Bush in the oval office in 2002.
Michael has served the Southern Baptist Convention as an IMB Trustee, President of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Preaching Conference and as Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention. He is currently on the board for the all-male vocal group Veritas. He has served as a Life Coach for other ministers under John Maxwell’s ministry. He is the recipient of The Martin Luther King Award, The MLK Unity Award and a Georgia Senate Resolution in recognition of his work in the community and in racial reconciliation.
Michael also served as Executive Producer of Woodlawn, a film by the Erwin Brothers about the impact of the Jesus Movement on an Alabama high school football team in the 1970s.
MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY: Michael’s life verse: “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) Michael’s vision statement: “Whoever wants the next generation the most will get them.”
FAMILY: Michael and his wife Terri have been married since 1974. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.