Shermaine Yvette Jones Franklin was born on March 21st, 1972, to the wonderful parents of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph and Florean Franklin (deceased). She was educated through the Nassau County Public School System, graduating in the class of 1990 from Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School. She attended Suburban Technical Business School in 1997, graduating as the Valedictorian of her class with a degree in Business Administration. This degree opened doors for positions at State Farm Insurance, Aetna Incorporated, various banking institutions and her current employment of 16 years at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.
She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior on June 1st, 1997, under the Pastorate of Fabian E. Williams of Holy Trinity Baptist Church, in Roosevelt, NY. Under his leadership, she has worked in various capacities in the ministry including: Missionary Vice-President, Choir, Co-Pastor’s Aide President, Assistant Director and Bible Study Teacher of the Women’s Ministry, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School Teacher and Author of Sunday School Curriculum’s. As the church transitioned to Kingdom Family Ministry, she held additional positions as an Associate Elder, Instructor of Ministers-in-training classes, Armor-bearer, and Trustee.
On September 2nd, 2000, she married hubby Elder Timothy Sanders (who she affectionately calls (“Cliff Huxtable”). Together they are the proud parents of 6 beautiful adult children. The Sanders family currently resides in Queens, NY.
Missionary Sanders, accepted her call into the ministry as a Minister-in-training in January, 2001. On August 26th, 2002, she preached her initial sermon and became a Licensed Minister of the Gospel. On March 26th, 2006, she was elevated to the office of a Licensed Elder. And on March 22nd, 2009, she was consecrated an Ordained Elder. As she elevated in office, she also increased her work in the kingdom by holding additional positions as Co-Director of Kingdom Excelsior Institute (KEI); Co-Director and Youth Leadership Instructor for Vacation Bible School; Co-Director and Adult Instructor for KEI Sunday Morning’s (Sunday School); Ministerial Staff Development Instructor; Pastoral Care & Biblical Counselor; Journey to Wholeness Support and Care Group Facilitator; and Founding Member and General Secretary for Kingdom Key-Bearers Fellowship of Churches.
After 20 wonderful years of service at Kingdom Family Ministry, Elder Shermaine stepped into a New and Greater Challenging Season as she became the proud member of The City of Hope Greater Saint Mary Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York, under the leadership of Bishop James R. Chambers. She currently serves as an Elder and Sunday School Teacher.
Elder Shermaine (as she’s called by many), has received various certificates for Continuing Studies in Theology; an Associate of Arts degree in Biblical Studies; and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity. She has also attained her Associate of Arts degree in Church Administration and Management; Bachelor of Arts degree in
Theology and Biblical Counseling; and a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Leadership. After accepting the opportunity to teach professionally, she continued to grow in her Christian Education and further attain her Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Education. Dr. Sanders gratefully graduated, persevering through many starts and stops, to finally attain her second Doctorate of Philosophy in Pastoral Ministry (PhD) in May, 2019. In addition, Dr. Sanders has been awarded various Certifications including becoming a Master Coach through the Professional Life Coaching Certificate Training Program and proudly serves as a Christian Counselor nationwide. Dr. Sanders gives great recognition to every Seminary, Bible College/School, Professor, Teacher, Mentor, Counselor and Pastor that has fed her both naturally and spiritually and aided her greatly in becoming a Thorough, Effective and Passionate Teacher of the Word of God!
Dr. Sanders is a member of various Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors, and Women’s Associations.
Dr. Sanders has an Extraordinary Testimony to say the least, one which includes Overcoming molestation, rape, substance abuse, suicidal attempts, domestic violence, and homelessness all before the tender age of 25.
It was her hearts cry and passion to mentor others on how to become an Overcomer just the same. Therefore, on April 2nd, 2007, she began the e-mail ministry of, “Break-Through Devotionals For The Overcomer In You”, which included over 100,000 recipients that spanned 50 states, 173 countries, 115 islands and all 7 continents.
On January 5th, 2009, she began “Voices of Break-Through Monthly E-Magazine”, with over 25 National and International contributing writers. She published 5 E-Magazines, and to date has published 97 Christian articles. Dr. Sanders is currently enjoying her greatest writing accomplishment as she writes the final chapters of her first
book, “The Dirty Road to Destiny”.
In 2010, her Passion for Outreach led her to expand her devotional ministry to be mailed globally which includes devotionals sent to: Prisons; Foreign Missions; Domestic Violence Stations; Homeless Shelters; Disabled Individuals; and all 5 Branches of the Military. In addition, she writes for Various Christian Websites and Publications.
Dr. Sanders is the Founder and Facilitator of various support groups including “Let Your Girdle Go and Show Your Real Shape”; “Be Your Own Butterfly”; “Exception to the Rule Youth Leadership”; “Changing the Statistics”; “Hidden Jewels”; “S.H.E.L.T.E.R.”; and “Recycle & Reuse”.
Dr. Sanders is a part of the Ambassadors Board and Advisory Counsel for Foreign Missions in Nigeria; Tanzania; Johannesburg and, Rwanda. In walking through this open door for Foreign Missions Ministry, she was granted the blessed opportunity of becoming an Online Bible College Professor of African-American Cultural Biblical Studies to Missionary Teams stationed throughout South Africa. Which in turn positioned her to become a Foreign Missions Church Planter, Partner and Advocate, assisting in the implementation of 8 Foreign Missionary Assignments.
In 2018, Dr. Sanders branched out once again and started Daily Dose With Dr. Shermaine (www.dailydosewithdrshermaine.wordpress.com), Self-Care With Dr. Shermaine (www.selfcarewithdrshermaine.blogspot.com) and Chef Shermaine’s Bible Cafe (www.chefshermainesbiblecafe.home.blog), all of which are websites designed to feed the body, soul and spirit!
Dr. Sanders greatest passion is her love of teaching the Word of God! After all, it is the Word of God that is the Medicine of the Great Physician that Heals Body, Soul and Spirit! Psalm 107:17-22, “Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life, your bodies feeling the effects of your sin; You couldn’t stand the sight of food, so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead. Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; He got you out in the nick of time. He spoke the Word that Healed You, that pulled you back from the brink of death. So thank God for His marvelous love, for His miracle mercy to the children He loves; Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what He’s done—sing it out!” (MSG)
Dr. Sanders heart’s desire is to continue to be the spiritual doctor that administers the medicine of the Word of God from the Great Physician our Lord Jesus Christ, to the naturally and spiritually sick, and watch them be healed, be delivered, be set free and fully recovered!
Dr. Shermaine Y. Franklin-Sanders