Associate Professor of Christian Ministry | Smith/Cooper Chair in Evangelism and Christian Witness | Director of Praxis
I have been a youth pastor, lead pastor, and district superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene since 1988, serving from Philadelphia to Phoenix and in a couple of geographic points between. Carol McCollough-Sharpes and I have been married since 1985. We have two children. Our oldest Jonathan, his wife Katelyn, and grandson Campbell, live in Nashville, TN. Our daughter, Hannah lives in Olathe, KS.
Since 1988, I have been privileged to teach as an adjunct professor with three undergraduate institutions of higher learning in the Church of the Nazarene and have also taught evangelism as an adjunct at Nazarene Theological Seminary. During that time, I have received more than I have given as I have engaged with evolving generations of God-called leaders who are honing their skills, increasing their understanding, and expanding their hearts in holy love to fulfill, through many avenues of their calling, leadership in the local church and the marketplace. I have been inspired to see firsthand how the academic rigor and Spirit-led community of NTS have provided a safe place to nurture and grow in that call.
I graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. My passion is to join the activity of God as the Kingdom breaks into our world. I am excited about my role as full-time Professor of Evangelism and Christian Witness.