Sharon Warkentin Short

Sharon Warkentin Short

Online Educator and Course Developer in Christian Formation and Ministry


  • Enthusiastic commitment to the power of online education
  • Sophisticated grasp of the unique challenges in online instruction
  • Outstanding ability to structure cohesive academic courses
  • Empathy and diligence in developing online relationships
  • Experience in creating and teaching courses for multiple schools
  • Proficiency in using various Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Competence in building courses in Blackboard and Moodle
  • Extensive practical experience in church educational ministries
  • Strong theological and theoretical foundations for Christian education


To be your school's first choice to develop and teach online courses

in your Christian educational ministries undergraduate and graduate programs.


2005 - 2010

Doctor of Philosophy

Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
  • Dissertation: Children's Responses to Bible Stories: A Case Study of an Elementary Sunday School Program.
  • Received Doctoral Research Excellence Award for "comprehensive, thorough, and accurate research methods resulting in a well-written, well-constructed, and well-supported dissertation."
  • Received the Dr. Bill Bynum Memorial Award for "significant achievement in the Educational Studies program."
2000 - 2004

Master of Arts in Teaching

Oakland University
  • In course assignments, applied reading pedagogy to Bible teaching in the local church.
  • For final Master's Project, designed a resource book for Christian teachers that uses creative writing activities to help children record, review, and respond to Bible learning.
1971 - 1975

Bachelor of Arts

Tabor College
  • Graduated with Highest Honors.
  • Focused elective courses on Bible, theology, church history, and Christian education.
  • Completed teaching methods courses at University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Student taught in an inner city elementary school in Omaha, Nebraska.

Work History

Work History
2012 - Present

Course Developer and Online Instructor

Crown College

Created and periodically teach:

  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Human Development and Discipleship
  • Technology in Ministry
  • Educational Ministry

Occasionally teach:

  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Thought
2013 - Present

Course Developer and Online Instructor

Tabor College Wichita

Created and occasionally teach:

  • Evangelical Anabaptist Story

Volunteer MOOC Instructor

Crown College

Small group leader in Crown Online's first MOOC:

  • Understanding the New Testament
2010 - 2011

Volunteer Online Educator

University Presbyterian Church

Conceived, designed, promoted, and facilitated an online small group:

  • A Case for Hope (Romans 5-8)

Designed, publicized, administered, and taught a seven-week online Bible study:

  • Introduction to Acts
2003 - 2004

Adjunct Instructor

William Tyndale College

Redesigned syllabus and taught two semesters each of :

  • Pauline Literature
  • Poetic Literature
2013 - Present

Area Book Review Editor

Christian Education Journal

Area Review Editor for Children's and Family Ministries

  • Recruit book review writers
  • Select and assign books to review
  • Edit and submit reviews for publication
1995 - 2006

Children's Pastor

Faith Covenant Church
  • Originated Kids' Caravan, a lively midweek program that presented Bible truth through a combination of large group, small group, and elective group experiences.
  • Created Bible Discovery Camp, a summer Bible learning program in which all the daily activities presented, reviewed, or reinforced the same specific segment of Scripture.
  • Authored a comprehensive elementary Bible curriculum plan that fully correlated Sunday morning, school year midweek, and summer Bible teaching.
1991 - 1993

Director of Christian Education

Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Coordinated stimulating Bible learning opportunities for children and adults in a 700-member congregation.

  • Introduced Halftime!, a diverse midweek educational program for all ages.
  • Planned Children's Ministry Month, a comprehensive volunteer recruitment campaign to place 175 children's workers for the coming year.
  • Produced teacher training manuals and conducted orientation sessions for children's and adults' Sunday school teachers and Vacation Bible School volunteers.
  • Designed and implemented Adult Teacher Internship to prepare new adult Bible teachers.
1988 - 1991

Minister of Christian Growth

North Community Church

Worked with the pastor and church leaders to create and fill their first staff position ministering to children and families.

  • Planned and directed their first Vacation Bible School.
  • Organized special events for children and families, including Friend Day, Track and Field Day, Ice Cream Sunday, Family Fun Days, and Open House.
1980 - 1981

Christian Education Coordinator

Village Church of Lincolnshire

Proposed and staffed this volunteer position to complete my seminary ministry internship requirement.

  • Organized Five Day Clubs in neighborhoods of member families.
1973 - 1977

Inner City Missionary

World Impact, Inc.

Introduced unified Bible learning curricula for children and adults used by all staff members and volunteers.

  • Administered eight weekly children's Bible clubs in locations throughout the city, each staffed by a core group of eight to twelve college students.
  • Prepared and presented training seminars for these student volunteers.
  • Led fourteen weekly Bible studies with women in their homes.
  • Produced all curricula for children and adults.

Academic Contributions


The End of the Story: Why and How to Teach Children About the Second Coming of Christ. In Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today's Children: A Holistic Approach. Wipf & Stock, 2014.

The Story That Grew: The Metanarrative of Scripture as Recounted by Storytellers in the Bible. In Understanding Children's Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice. Cascade Books, 2012.

Formed by Story: The Metanarrative of the Bible as Doctrine. Christian Education Journal, 9(Special Supplement), S-110–S-123, 2012.

A Case Study of Children's Responses to Bible Stories. Christian Education Journal, 8(2), 306-325, 2011.

Book review of Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus, by David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith. In press.

Book review of The Spiritual Condition of Infants: A Biblical-Historical Survey and Systematic Proposal, by Adam Harwood, Christian Education Journal, 10(2), pp. 457-461, 2013.

Book review of In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice, by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore. Christian Education Journal, 5(2), 450-454, 2008.

Book review of Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood, by Joyce Ann Mercer. Christian Education Journal, 4(1), 156-160, 2007.


Children's Spirituality Conference

  • The End of the Story: Why and How to Teach Children About the Second Coming of Christ (2012)
  • Scripture Accounts of Tellings of the Bible's Grand Story with Implications for Teaching Bible Stories to Children Today (2009)

Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE)

[formerly North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE)]

  • Designing Dynamic Online Courses (Professional Development Seminar) (2013)
  • Teaching Collegiate Christians Their Own True Story (Paper) (2012)
  • Formed by Story: The Metanarrative of the Bible as Doctrine (Research Mall) (2011)
  • Children and Bible Stories: A Case Study of an Elementary Sunday School Program (Paper) (2010)
  • Learning as Identity Formation through Legitimate Peripheral Participation in a Community of Practice (Paper) (2007)
  • Use and Misuse of Bible Stories: The Function of Narrative in Spiritual Formation (Paper) (2006)

    Public Speaking Experience


    California Baptist University, Riverside, California

    • Delivered a guest lecture via WebEx in the Introduction to Christian Education course

    John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

    • Provided a guest lecture and consultation via Skype in Creating Holistic Curriculum for Children in Crisis

    Michigan Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan

    • Offered guest lectures in several Christian Education courses.


    Faith Covenant Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan

    • Delivered occasional Sunday morning sermons.


    First Baptist Church of Pontiac, White Lake, Michigan

    • Presented occasional talks at Mothers of Preschoolers meetings.

    Faith Covenant Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan

    • Presented occasional talks at Stronger Women meetings.


    International Christian Education Association, Southfield, Michigan

    • Taught in their Leadership Training Institute.
    • Offered four-week elective course on Christian Education administration.


    Gospel Light Publications, Ventura, California

    • Presented seminars at Ideas Unlimited! regional conferences.
    • Promoted Vacation Bible School curriculum at bookstores and shows.
    • Offered Sunday school curriculum sales presentations in local churches.
    • Presented workshops incorporating Gospel Light products at Sunday school conventions.