Children’s Ministries National Team


Steve L. Cannon

General Director

Robbie W. Knox


Donnie Sheerin

Director of Promotions

Lana Farnell

Executive Assistant

Steve L. Cannon is the director of Children’s Ministries. Before coming to the UPCI World Headquarters, he pastored First United Pentecostal Church in Batesville, Mississippi, for twenty-one years. Previous to pastoring, he evangelized for four years and was an assistant pastor for eight years. He was also a weekly radio speaker on The Pentecostal Hour for twenty-three years. He and his wife, Rita, were married in 1978 and have three daughters, Vangi, Kandi, and Mauri, and eight grandchildren: McKaLyne, Kanon, Jenna, Kade, Danika, Halli Rae, Annaleigh, and Darlynn Grace.  He attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and has completed fifty courses from the Harvard Business School.

Robbie W. Knox was elected as the divisional secretary at the 2006 General Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Robbie has served as an evangelist, assistant pastor, and senior pastor in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was an outstanding district Sunday school director for the Kentucky District and served in that capacity from 2003-2006. Along with his duties as Children’s Ministries Secretary, Robbie serves as pastor of the Greater Lighthouse Church in Madisonville, Kentucky. Robbie resides with his wife Krista and two children, Houston and Brooklyn, in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Donald J. Sheerin Jr. was appointed director of promotions in 2006. He is the senior pastor of First United Pentecostal Church in Kennett, Missouri, and also serves as the Missouri District Children’s Ministries director and presbyter of Section 4. He has previously served as an assistant pastor, youth pastor, principal, full-time evangelist and sectional Youth director/secretary. Donald is a graduate of Indiana Bible College, where he received his Bachelor Degree in Theology in 1990. He resides in Kennett, Missouri, with his wife Chae and three children: Tess, Emma, and Abby.

Lana Farnell has worked for Children’s Ministries since 2006. She previously worked for North American Missions. Lana attends Lighthouse UPC in O’Fallon, Missouri.