Michael Catt Obituary, Longtime pastor and filmmaker deis aged 70 from cancer

Albany, Georgia – Michael Catt, the beloved pastor of Sherwood Church and founder of Sherwood Pictures, has passed away following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. In this breaking news article, we reflect on his remarkable tenure as a pastor, his influential role in the world of filmmaking, and the impact he made on his congregation and beyond. Let us remember and celebrate the life and accomplishments of Pastor Michael Catt.

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The Passing of Pastor Michael Catt

Michael Catt, renowned pastor of Sherwood Church, has passed away at the age of 70 after a valiant fight against prostate cancer. The church expressed their gratitude for Pastor Catt’s unwavering commitment to preaching biblical truth and shaping the congregation. As we mourn his loss, let us join together in prayer for the Catt family and all those who were touched by his ministry.

Pastor Michael Catt’s Impactful Leadership at Sherwood Church

From 1989 to 2021, Michael Catt served as the senior pastor of Sherwood Church, guiding the congregation with his passion for God’s Word and dedication to nurturing a diverse and multi-generational community. Under his leadership, Sherwood Church flourished, welcoming members from over 20 nations and becoming a beacon of hope and support for countless individuals.

Sherwood Pictures: The Filmmaking Legacy

Alongside his pastoral duties, Michael Catt played a pivotal role in the establishment of Sherwood Pictures, a filmmaking ministry associated with Sherwood Church. The ministry’s first production, “Flywheel” (2003), marked the beginning of a series of inspiring films that touched hearts worldwide. Catt served as the executive producer for influential movies such as “Facing the Giants” (2006), “Fireproof” (2008), and “Courageous” (2011), leaving an indelible impact on both the film industry and audiences.

Michael Catt’s Personal Journey and Advocacy

Beyond his pastoral and filmmaking endeavors, Michael Catt openly shared his personal story of adoption, revealing that he discovered his adoption at the age of 38 while serving at Sherwood Church. His profound experiences and chance encounters uncovered layers of his identity, and he even learned that his birth mother had watched “Fireproof” without realizing her granddaughter starred in it. Catt’s transparency and advocacy for adoption touched many lives.

A Life of Accomplishments

In addition to his pastoral and filmmaking roles, Michael Catt was a prolific author and a respected speaker at conferences across the country. He actively participated in various Baptist organizations, including serving as president of the 2008 SBC Pastors’ Conference and as a trustee for the International Mission Board. His impactful ministry reached far beyond the Southern Baptist Convention, leaving a lasting legacy of faith and inspiration.


The passing of Pastor Michael Catt, the revered leader of Sherwood Church and visionary behind Sherwood Pictures, has left a void in the hearts of many. His dedication to preaching biblical truth, his influential filmmaking ventures, and his advocacy for adoption have left an enduring impact on those who had the privilege of knowing him. As we remember his life and mourn his loss, let us offer our heartfelt condolences to the Catt family and celebrate the incredible legacy of Pastor Michael Catt.

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