My wife, Robin, and I were married in 1975. We were blessed with two sons: Joshua, born in 1980, and Lucas, born in 1983. Josh lives near St. Louis, MO., and Lucas is currently residing in Sasayoma, Japan. I received a B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO; Attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Louis Campus; received Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees from Luther Rice Seminary, near Atlanta, GA. I was previously Associate Pastor at Maryville Baptist Church, and Senior Pastor at Caledonia Baptist Church, United Missionary Baptist, and FBC Eldorado, and FBC Duquoin. I also served as Associate Executive Director of Church Strengthening for the Illinois Baptist State Association. Some of my other hobbies include running, movies, reading, and sports - especially baseball. Currently the Lord is teaching me, that he is in control and that I am to be patient with His perfect timing.
Care Ministry - Rev. Ken Sharp
Joanne and I were married in 1986. God blessed us with three children: Ashley (1989), Kevin (1991), and Bridget (1993). We have two sons-in-law, both named Dakota. And, we also have three grandchildren, Trystyn (2011), James (2017), and Oliver (2019). Joanne works for a local Oncologist as a Medical Receptionist.
God has allowed me to minister in churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Illinois since April 1984. My last place of service was Fairview Baptist Church in Creal Springs, Illinois, where I served as Pastor for 10 ½ years. Also, I have been active in local associational work, previously serving as Interim Associational Missions Strategist for Williamson Baptist Association in Marion, Illinois.
I received an A.A.S. Degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gulfport, Mississippi (General Business and Accounting Technology); Attended William Carey University, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Church Music and Religion); Attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana (Religion) – Finished requirements for my B.S. Degree (Business, Music, and Religion); Received a M.A.T Degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (Secondary Education – Business).
I am grateful to serve the Lord with you here at Marion First Baptist Church, as we are “Loving God, Loving Others, and Living the Life,” as we are Concerned About Reaching Everyone.”
My wife Megan and I have been married for 7 years and we have two children, Landry 5 years old and Tatum 2 years old. Megan works at Carbondale Hospital in the pharmacy. I completed my MSW in 2012 from SIUC and have worked as a adolescent and family therapist, supervisor of a children's home, and most recently as a Student Advocate and coach at a local school district. My wife and I enjoy spending time with out kids, being outdoors, and...Mario Cart! Currently God has been teaching me the importance of relationships and building from the foundation up. Understanding where students are coming from and what they are dealing with on a daily basis has lead me to grow in my understanding of growing our students in their faith. In the last few months God has worked through our students by engaging others through scripture, meeting them where they are at, loving them for who they are. We have new students walk through our doors every week because our students walking in faith to reach others.
I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico and I moved to the U.S. in 2009 when I married my husband Marty. In 2015, the Lord answered our prayers and He blessed us with the birth of our son Jack Matthew. We spend our family time, playing games, watching shows, and of course going out to eat! I was born and raised in a Christian family. I've had the privilege to serve God through music since I was a little girl. I have beautiful memories from my days singing in my old church's children's choir, or from learning so many beautiful hymns while my mom would take me to the weekly women's ministry services with her. I've been involved in praise and worship teams since I was a teenager. I would help singing, playing the piano or leading worship. I loved serving as the choir director of my church in Mexico too. I have taught piano and music since I was 12 years old, and although I pursued a career in Industrial Engineering, the path of music has always remained the clearer way and a constant in my life.
Something that I have loved witnessing through time, is that no matter how much the style in music may change, the desire and the goal in the worshiper's heart is still the same. You read it in the lyrics of the old hymns, but you also read it in many of the new lyrics today. The goal has always been: To lift up the Name of Jesus and make Him known. That is my passion, that is my goal. I am humbled and greatly thankful to our God for allowing me to serve Him in this beautiful church.