This obituary is part of “We Will Remember,” a series about those we’ve lost to the coronavirus.
Nick Sherman Edwards Jr., 59, of Detroit wore many hats: pastor, principal, administrator, mentor.
The third child born to the late Nick Sherman Edwards Sr. and Regina Rose, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age. As a young boy he fervently prayed in the basement of the family home, and maintained that practice throughout his ministry.
He died May 6 due to COVID-19 complications at Sinai Grace Hospital.
Edwards was called to the ministry at age 15, and was ultimately ordained an Elder in the Church of God in Christ by the late Bishop John Seth Bailey.
He graduated from Central High School in Detroit, and went on to receive a Master’s degree from Marygrove College. He also attended William Tyndall Bible College, and received special training in School Reform from Harvard University.
Edwards was an educator for more than 20 years and for three years served as administrator for New Testament Christian Academy – a K-8 Christian school founded by his father and mentor.
Edwards founded, developed and served in several educational and ministry programs for church and schools, where he built relationships with everyone he encountered as he helped uplift people in shelters, youth outreach programs, mentoring and more.
Known as “Mr. Ed” in the Inkster community, he served as Principal at Blanchette Middle School for four years, Principal at Inkster High School for seven years and Director of Special programs for the Inkster and River Rough School districts.
In 2009, Pastor Edwards founded Climbing Jacob’s Ladder International Ministries COGIC in Inkster. This ministry birthed the Climb Academy, Rachel’s Climb, Jacobs Army, and the Singles and Couples ministry.
He also served as Administrative Assistant to Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Prelate of the North Central Jurisdiction of the Churches of God In Christ.
Edwards started not feeling well about a week before being transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was diagnosed and treated for COVID-19, ultimately passing away.
He leaves to cherish his legacy and memory, his mother, Regina Rose Edwards; three sisters, Lynell (Kevin), Carmen, Sherri (Charles); one brother, Brian (Valerie); nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.