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"My hope and desire are to see people's lives changed, fulfilled, and them living out God's purpose through the preaching, teaching, and connection In The Spirit."
Apostle Sharyn Cosby
Founder and Senior Servant
Builder - Preacher - Teacher - Lecturer - Servant Leader
Apostolic Installation Service
April 29, 2018
The ministry started as Sharyn Cosby Ministries, Inc., an outreach working in the margins. The team of committed individuals traveled extensively to churches holding revivals, evangelizing, and winning souls for Christ. Additionally, they held worship services in various Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Juvenile Justice facilities. Cosby also worked with the Oklahoma Board of Corrections and was instrumental in prison reentry programming. Additionally, the ministry was actively engaged in street gang ministry and experienced many successes with that population. The ministry name changed to In the Spirit Ministries in 2002 and continued its evangelistic ministry.
In 2007, in her living room, Apostle Cosby and five other people founded In the Spirit Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The church has since grown to a viable community of worshipers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is a diverse community that seeks to live out its vision to "impact and transform individuals and families by teaching practical biblical principles that is applicable to everyday life." The church offers a variety of ministries for all age groups and is an active presence in the community.
To further the vision, Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center (OFEC), a counseling and social justice center, was founded in 2012 as an outreach of the church. It now stands as a separate but related 501(c)(3) organization. Under her direction, OFEC offers many services, including services for the homeless, food pantry, at-risk youth programming, seniors, and parenting classes.
Apostle Cosby has over 14 years of hospice experience, serving as a chaplain, bereavement counselor, and ultimately the Director of Pastoral Care and "We Honor Veterans." She led the bereavement counselors and chaplains to ensure exceptional pastoral care for hospice patients and their families. As coordinator of the "We Honor Veterans" program, she oversaw the provision of enhanced end-of-life care for veterans. She holds the designation of Board Certified Clinical Chaplain with the National Association of Veteran Affairs Chaplains. Because of her significant record of working with vulnerable populations, Cosby has received awards and recognition from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, State Senate, City of Tulsa Mayor's Office, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and 100 Black Men, to name a few.
Born in El Paso, Texas, she moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and completed her secondary education. After graduating from Northeast High School. She then attended Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma, and later the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, before moving to Tulsa., Oklahoma, in 1979.
She holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry, with a concentration in Transformational Leadership in Improvisational Ministry. She looks to confer her degree in December 2022.
As an advocate for those whose voices are silenced; her previous service on board and commissions including; the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Community Advisory Board, Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, Abba's Family Housing Faith Alliance, and the Mayor's Police and Community Coalition.
As a woman of vision and passion, Apostle Cosby is recognized and has received numerous awards for her leadership, integrity, and compassion for all, especially the marginalized in hunger and food scarcity, homelessness, gangs, criminal justice, immigration, and prison reform.
April 29, 2018, Rev. Cosby was elevated to and installed into the apostle's office, which means "sent one." Apostle Paul says, "… I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives" Titus 1:1. As an apostle, she is called to plant ministries, set structure, evangelize, prophesy, teach, and shepherd; holding on to the scriptural text, "One plants, another water, but God brings the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7)."
Since elevation, In The Spirit Training Institute was founded. The mission of ITSTI is to teach and equip the saints to ministry work (Ephesians 4:11) and Living In the Spirit Talk Show and PodCast.
Apostle Cosby is known for her gifts of preaching, teaching, directing, community advocacy, writing, and is a well sought-after speaker. When thinking about life and ministry, she says, "I am most grateful for being blessed to be a mother and grandmother, but my greatest accomplishment is being God's servant."