Sherman, who prefers to be called Joe or Brother Joe, served 15 years at Prairie Grove Methodist Church. He was also minister for a small church near Prairie Grove called Viney Grove Church.
Sherman was born in New York, but came to Arkansas at a very young age. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and received his master's degree from Memphis Theological Seminary.
He, his wife, Penny, an ex-marine, and her 18-year-old twins, Tara and Houston, are making their home in Eureka Springs. Sherman also has three grown children and one grandson.