Senior Pastor

Judy Shaw, Born In Kingsville, Texas, Is A Pioneer, Spiritual Leader And A Sought-After Global Speaker Who Has Commanded The Attention Of Many Audiences.

Reared In Buffalo, New York, Judy Was Mentored And Trained In Ministry By Her Father, Bishop C. Roberson (COGIC). It Was During Those Years She Assisted Her Father In Establishing Churches In The Western New York Region As Well As Serving Administratively At The Local Church.

After Many Years Of Assisting Her Father In The State Of South Dakota, Where He Was The Jurisdictional Bishop, In 1984 Judy Was Asked By The National COGIC Church To Serve That State As Supervisor Over The Women’s Dept. She Served As The Youngest State Supervisor In The History Of That Denomination (COGIC) Until 2003. Due To Her Ordination To The Office Of Pastor In 1997, Along With Her Evangelistic Travels, It Became Necessary To Be Released From Her National Position.

Characterized By Her Friends And Colleagues As One Of The Most Insightful, Powerful And Compassionate Women Today, Judy Boldly Confront Individuals, To Know Their Life’s Purpose And Ministry. She Warms The Heart, Stirs The Human Spirit, And Challenges Her Audiences To Connect With Their Life's Purpose. She’s Been Known To Shift Cultures And Change Nations.

Judy Has Traveled To More Than 25 Foreign Countries And Has Spoken Before Presidents Of Nations, To Groups As Small As 10 And To Audiences As Large As 25,000, Releasing Prophetic Insight Into Those Regions. Also, She’s The Sr. Leader Of A Multi-Ethnic Fellowship, In The Heart Of Her City, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Judy Oversees Churches And Ministries In And Outside Of Her Region.

Starting The Center Of Life Church In Sioux Falls In 1986, By 2003, Three Other Churches Were Birthed. Deeper Life, Indian Reservation, New Life Church In Sioux City, Iowa And New Life Russian Church Of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Serves As A Personal Advisor To Many In The Business And Entertainment Industries. She Is Involved In A Number Of Successful Businesses, Where She Lends Strategic And Spiritual Insight Towards Reaching Their Full Potential.

Judy Is A Graduate Of Bryant And Stratton College, Buffalo, NY, Houghton Bible College, School Of Management At State University In New York, And A Licensed Realtor For Fifteen Years.

Being A 25 Year Resident Of Sioux Falls, She Is Actively Involved In The Community, Where She Has Served Two Terms On The City’s Commission Board, Three Years On The County Commissioners Diversity Board, As Well As Holding A Position In Human Relations As A Liaison Person For The City.

Brief History

Evangelist Judy Shaw, December 1986, in Sioux Falls, SD, founded Center of Life Church, formerly called Deeper Life Church, under the leadership of Bishop Carl Roberson, Buffalo, NY.As Sis. Judy began pioneering in Sioux Falls, she started out with one family until it grew to where it is now.From hotel to hotel, from leasing one church to another church, she held fast to the vision that God had given her.To-date, the Center of Life is an international ministry, representing about 8 nations.Located in downtown Sioux Falls, Center of Life is committed to community ministry, while they continue to be a strong, present truth, life giving, body of believers building the Kingdom of God.

In November 1996, the vision began to unfold.Finally, after years of searching, a church home was found!That which was considered the city’s main bowling alley soon became a beautiful sanctuary filled with the Glory of God.After extensive renovations to a two-story 18,000 square foot building, in April of 1997, phase one was completed.

In May of 1997, the church had its grand opening “Founders Week”.In that week, three significant things transpired:firstly, the dedication of the sanctuary, then the official change of name from Deeper Life COGIC to the Center of Life Church, and the ordination and appointment of Pastor Judy.