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Rev. Sherri’s Bio

Rev. Sherri James serves as Senior Minister at Understanding Principles for Better Living (UP Church) based in Los Angeles, CA. Tapped in 2015 to succeed her in ministry, founder Rev. Della Reese Lett entrusted Rev. Sherri to lead the thriving spiritual community she founded in 1986. In 2013, Rev. Sherri created the Metaphysical Bible Hangout, a weekly metaphysical bible study, which broadcasts live on YouTube every Thursday night at 7pm Pacific. Spiritual seekers from all over the world tune in the learn the ancient practice of metaphysical Bible interpretation. Recognized for her commitment to teaching, Rev. Sherri is the 2017 recipient of the Barbara Kimble Award for Excellence in Spiritual Teaching.

Rev. Sherri is the author of the forthcoming book, The Money Poems. Co-authored with Mark Allen Felton, The Money Poems speaks to the men and women in the “gig economy” who have to work multiple jobs just to piece together a full time income, to show them how to have peace of mind around money.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Rev. Sherri holds a BFA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA degree from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program. In 2016, Rev. Sherri completed her ministerial studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary and will be ordained by the Universal Foundation for Better Living in May 2017.

A gifted storyteller, film producer and entrepreneur, Rev. Sherri worked in the entertainment industry as a producer and production company executive. Her production credits include BIKER BOYZ, ROOTS: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS, SOMEBODY HELP ME, and PASTOR BROWN. She also held executive positions with The Walt Disney Company, Rock Capital Entertainment and Christopher Brian Films.

Rev. Sherri resides in Southern California and blogs weekly at

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