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Merle and Cheree Shenk serve on the DOVE International Apostolic Council. They currently lead the apostolic team for DOVE South Africa. Merle is an associate pastor at Newport Church, and also serves as resource director for church planting for DOVE USA. Cheree is involved in DOVE Missions International and leads the children’s ministry at their church.
Merle grew up attending meetings with his older siblings in the early days of DOVE. He was a part of the DOVE Manheim (currently Newport Church) youth group. In 2004 the Shenk’s moved to South Africa and were involved in planting a multi-ethnic church in Cape Town. Merle initiated Bible School training courses, as well as a correspondence Bible School. He also led and pioneered a school of supernatural ministry for four years, and traveled as an itinerant minister wherever God opened the doors.
In 2009, Merle and Cheree felt led to connect with DOVE International. Then in 2014, Merle received a clear word of the Lord sending them back to the USA. Knowing that this was an assignment from God, they transitioned their church to faithful local leaders, and relocated to the USA in 2016. Merle served as the pioneering director of HarvestNet School of Supernatural Ministry during their first year back in the States. They wrote a chapter in the church planting book The Invitation which you can read here Merle’s latest book, Encountering the Supernatural was coauthored with Larry Kreider and Kevin Kazemi.
Together they are parents to five children, and live in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Their desire is to see everyone walk in the presence and power of Jesus.