Biography of Bishop Joseph L. Shannon, Sr.
Lee Shannon, Sr. was born in the small town of Elizabeth City, North
Carolina. At an early age, he moved to Southampton, New York where he
spent most of his life and received his early education. Bishop Shannon
graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence with a Bachelor of
Science in Education and two minors in Science and Black Studies. He then
began a professional football career in the World Football League
with the New York Stars. His football career was short-lived because God
had another plan for his life. After moving to Omaha, Nebraska he was
employed by Johnson & Johnson Company as an Executive Medical and
Surgical Representative for over sixteen years.
After serving many years as Jurisdictional Sunday School
Superintendent, Bishop Monte J. Bradford appointed Elder Shannon as
Pastor to St. Paul Church of God in Christ on August 4, 1985. He came
with a vision and a mission. The church experienced tremendous
growth, both spiritually and naturally and St. Paul COGIC was later
renamed to "Greater St. Paul COGIC." Bishop Shannon is a builder and
has lead Greater St. Paul through two major renovations, mortgage
burnings and the purchase of a second facility; Greater St. Paul Worship
Center, which seats 600. Under his
leadership, Greater St. Paul Ministries has become "One Church in Two
Bishop Shannon is CEO of Bethesda Urban Community Development
Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit organization which is involved in
developing affordable housing in Omaha. Bishop Shannon is responsible
for building fourteen three and four bedroom town houses called
Greenview Estates, seven homes called Bethesda Homes and a 28-home
affordable Senior citizen complex called Shannon Heights. Bethesda is
also a leader in early education with a community learning center and a
child development center. Superintendent Joseph L. Shannon, Sr. was
consecrated as the Jurisdictional Prelate of the Eastern Nebraska
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Church of God in Christ in November 2012.
Bishop Joseph Lee Shannon, Sr is the loving husband to Mrs. Helene A.
Shannon for 41 years and is the father of two children, Annette and
Joseph, Jr. and he has eight grandchildren.