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Sherdeill H. Breathett, Sr.

Sherdeill H. Breathett, Sr. serves as associate Pastor and Director of Pastoral Care at Saint Mark UMC, Wichita.  He also doubles as the economic developer and foreign Trade Zone #161 Grantee Administrator for Sedgwick County, Kansas. 

A University of Oklahoma 1982 graduate, Sherdeill holds an AA from Northeast Oklahoma A&M Junior College at Miami, Oklahoma, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma. He also possesses a Mini MPA from the WSU certificate Program.

Sherdeill has several years of administrative experience including fifteen years as a professional economic developer establishing foreign trade general purpose zones and modifying major and minor boundaries and sub-zones. He’s a member of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ).  He is also a certified Business Retention Professional and a member of the International Economic Development Coalition (IEDC).

Recently nominated as one of thirty-two local “Heroes”, he has made numerous professional appearances. Sherdeill was a three year participant in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Summer Football Camp and a keynote speaker at several events in the Midwest and abroad.  He and wife, Genise have co-facilitated Healthy Marriage Initiatives at Newman University.

Recognition and Achievements
The “Excellence in Public Service Award”  (2000)
Sigma Gamma Rho “Eagle Award” as a community leader (2000)
Big Brothers and Big Sisters “Match of the Month and of the Year Awards” (2001)
Wichita Chapter NAACP “Clergy of the Year”
Butler Community College Advance Kansas “Diversity”
Sedgwick County Black Republican “Community Mentoring.
Wichita Business Journal Leader In Diversity Award (2016)


  • South Central Economic Development District (SCKEDD) President
  • Mennonite Housing, incoming President 2016
  • Real Men, Real Hero’s, Inc.(RMRH) President
  • Kansas African American Affairs Commissioner; Governor’s Appointment
  • Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC)
  • Big Brother/Big Sisters of Sedgwick County (BBBS) (Big for over 20 years)

Originally from Illinois, The Wichita community has been his home the past 25 years. He and his wife Genise have been married for over thirty years and the two have five adult children and seven grandchildren.