Pastors & Staff

Pastor Sherman J. Fort

Senior Pastor

Pastor Sherman J. Fort was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  He is the son of John Dewey Fort Jr. of Terrell Texas and Juanita Olivia Haynes of Noxapater Mississippi.  Pastor Fort has ten siblings, eight sisters and two brothers.

Understanding that the call to preach is a call to preparation Pastor Fort has attended various secular and Christian colleges to include:  San Jose Bible College, Grand Canyon College, Phoenix, AZ. and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Scottsdale, AZ.  Pastor Fort has completed studies at Oxford University, England under the direction of Dr. Joel C. Gregory and Gregory Ministries. 
Pastor Fort holds an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Pacific Coast Bible College, Sacramento, CA. Pastor Fort is currently pursuing a Master of Religious Education degree.

Pastor Fort is committed to preaching and teaching the uncompromising gospel of Jesus Christ and has been blessed to do so nationally and internationally, to include Israel, England and Jamaica.

 Pastor Fort has faithfully served as senior pastor of The Word Church also known as Canaan Missionary Baptist Church of Mesa Arizona since April, 1990.  Pastor Fort is married to Tiffani Chatorri Joel-Fort and the proud father of two daughters, Kiara N. Saran Fort and Kennedi L. Saran Fort.

Meet the team

Vernon H. Ennels, Jr.

Relationship Module Leader

Rev. Raslyn Craig-Sleet

Rev. Kevin Swindle

Audio/Visual Ministry

Rev. Pierre Singfield

Youth & Young Adult Church

Rev. Anthony Campbell & Rev. Donna Hurt

Associate Ministers
Ministry Leaders
Couples Ministry

Ayo & Natasha Osho
(Not Pictured: Rev. Kwami & Lori Fosu,
Irv & Dorothy Bryant) 

Brent Lee


Francine Barrow

Office Manager

Deacon Jerrold Boudreaux

Trustee Ministry

Deacon Larry Ealy

Deacon Ministry Chairman

Rosana Taylor

Children & Youth Ministry

Tyrel and Tyreq

Mime/Dance Ministry

Vera Gaines-Lyles

Hospitality Ministry

Larry Davis


Dr. Danielle Gilliam

Health Ministry

Deacon Bill Warren

Recorder, Trustee Ministry

TWC Praise Team

From L-R:  Sheila, Lorraine, DeAnna, Angie, Seketha, Rosana, Cheryl

Isaac White II

Trustee Ministry