Meet Paul Gotthardt

Meet Dr. Paul Gotthardt

It is with abundant joy and thanksgiving that we announce Dr. Paul Gotthardt was unanimously voted as Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia! Dr. Paul Gotthardt, formerly pastor of Life Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, preached at Sherwood on Sunday morning, June 20, 2021, in view of a call to be our 6th senior pastor. Following the service, church members voted and approved Paul Gotthardt with 100% voting in favor. Paul and his family will move to Albany and he will preach his first sermon as our senior pastor on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Join us in praying for Paul and his family and help us welcome them enthusiastically as they begin their ministry at Sherwood. We look forward to all God has in store for us as we enter the next era of Sherwood’s faithful service to our Lord.

get to know paul:


  • Undergraduate Degree in World Religions
  • Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages
  • PhD in Christian Counseling

Ministry Experience:

  • Lead Pastor of Life Baptist Church in Las Vegas, NV for 18 years
  • Published three books
  • Helped plant 20 churches across America
  • Authored the This is the Gospel discipleship series
  • Managing Editor of
  • Passion for mentoring church planters
  • Trains pastors and church leaders internationally


  • Native of Savannah, GA
  • Married to Brea, his wife of 25 years
  • Father of two teenage daughters:
    • Shana, a college sophomore at UNLV
    • Kaylee, a rising high school senior

Paul is no stranger to Sherwood, having previously preached here and at other locations in ReFRESH® Conferences and for Michael Catt’s 29th anniversary in 2018. Paul comes to us highly recommended by past and present leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention, and importantly by our recently retired pastor, Michael Catt.

Watch this video of Paul preaching at Michael Catt’s 29th anniversary:

Paul has preached at past ReFRESH® Conferences.

Listen to these messages by Paul from ReFRESH® Northeast:


Purchase a copy of Paul’s book Eight Questions…and the God Who’s Asking:

Eight Questions...and the God Who's Asking

 Watch a previous sermon series by Paul titled "Walk Wisely" by clicking the link below:

Watch "Walk Wisely" sermon series

Visit the website he manages by clicking the link below: