"Dr. Morris Sheats is a leaders leader. Before Leadership was taught in every church and every classroom, Dr. Sheats was teaching these principals to thousands to pastors in dozens of countries. I am proud to call him preceptor and maven, but most honored to call him friend. Thank you Morris for empowering leaders for the renown of the kingdom." Dr. Mark Rutland
Dr. Morris Sheats has been in ministry for over 50 years. He founded Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas and was their senior Pastor from 1964 to 1978. Trinity grew from 100 people to a mega church of 4,000. Trinity is still a thriving church today.
From 1978-1980, he was the Senior Pastor at Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas with a membership of over 6,000 people.
Understanding well the dynamics of human relationships, Pastor Sheats is a strong motivational teacher/preacher who enjoys teaching leaders and is in high demand as a speaker and trainer at pastors' conferences.
Dr. Sheats founded Leadership Institute in 1980, taking his vast experience in leadership training to pastors and churches worldwide. As President of Leadership Institute, he has taught and trained tens of thousands of church leaders throughout the United States as well as in 50 countries all over the world. His passion is to especially reach and train young pastors in developing countries.
In 1984, Pastor Sheats founded Hillcrest Church with 25 people. The church originally met at temporary locations including the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas until it's permanent location was established in Dallas. The church subsequently grew to a church of over 5,000 members and attendees by the time he retired from there in 2003.
In 2006, Pastor Sheats founded Heritage Church of Dallas, of which he is Pastor Emeritus as of October 2011. The church meets and offices in Richardson, TX. Dr. Sheats is very active as President of Leadership Institute. His overseas travels have increased since he has retired from full time church ministry. He and Linda are enjoying this new season of their life.
Pastor Sheats holds a B.A. degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor Sheats is the author of four books: You Can Be Emotionally Healed, You Can Have A Happy Family, Courage to Lead, and Building Better Churches: Building Blocks that Matter.
Dr. Sheats is married to Linda. He has two grown children, Shanda and Mo and a bonus daughter, Haley.