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Rev. Shawn D. Drains, M.Div.

Senior Pastor
Shawn D. Drains

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Reverend Shawn Drains is a native of Atlanta, GA and he is currently the

pastor of the Trinity A.M.E Church in Atlanta, GA. Reverend Drains

grew up in the Dekalb County area where he attended Greater St. Paul

C.O.G.I.C for over 10 years. It was truly hard for Reverend Drains to

leave the church where he received his salvation, but he knew that God

had another destiny for his life. After praying and fasting for months, the

Lord called Reverend Drains to St. Paul A.M.E in Atlanta, GA. After running for over seven years from his calling to ministry, Reverend Drains accepted his call to preach the gospel in January 2005 under the leadership of the Reverend Dr. Thomas L. Bess, Sr.

Reverend Drains is a graduate of Herzing University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. Through the encouragement of spiritual parents, Dr. Thomas L. and Dr. Gretchen Bess, Reverend Drains earned his Master of Divinity from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA on May 12, 2012.


Reverend Drains has been afforded the opportunity to pastor several churches during his 14 year tenure as a pastor. In May 2008, Reverend Drains received his first pastoral appointment from Bishop William P. DeVeaux to Gray’s Chapel A.M.E in Yatesville, GA. On January 12, 2013, under the leadership of Bishop Preston W. Williams II, Reverend Drains received his 3rd pastoral appointment to the Mount Zion Network in Forsyth, GA which is also a collaboration of two churches: Williams Chapel A.M.E and St. Paul A.M.E. On October 20, 2016, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson appointed Reverend

Drains to Antioch-East in Conyers, GA to serve as senior pastor. On June 2, 2019, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson appointed Reverend Drains to Saint Peter in Fort Valley, GA. On October 29, 2021, Reverend Drains was appointed to Trinity in Atlanta, GA.

Reverend Drains is committed to excellence in ministry. He feels compelled to always give God his best because he knows that there is no way he could ever repay God for the miracles that God has bestowed upon him and his family. Reverend Drains’ favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”


Reverend Drains has three lovely daughters, Daisha, Diarra, and Deana and four lovely grandchildren, Mason Robertson, ZaRiyah Jackson, Mehlani Mosley, Zy’Rielle Johnson-Cyrmes and Makai Mosley.


Reverend Drains is grateful to God for allowing him the opportunity to serve as pastor of St. Paul, Pryor Road. He loves and cherishes his members, and he is thankful to God for sending him to a church where people love God and are willing to move to higher heights in the direction led by the Holy Spirit.

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