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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, Moodle, and Canvas
  • 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 formation and educational ministries programs.



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."

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.

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 experience


Course Developer and Online Instructor

Fresno Pacific University

Designed and regularly teach:

  • Evangelical Anabaptist Story

Course Developer and Online Instructor

Tabor College Wichita

Created and occasionally teach:

  • Evangelical Anabaptist Story
  • Introduction to Adult Studies

Course Developer and Online Instructor

Crown College

Created and regularly teach:

  • Teaching for Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Human Development and Discipleship

Created and taught:

  • Technology in Ministry
  • Educational Ministry

Occasionally teach:

  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Thought

Volunteer MOOC Instructor

Crown College

Small group leader in Crown Online's first MOOC:

  • Understanding the New Testament

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

Adjunct Instructor

William Tyndale College

Redesigned syllabus and taught two semesters each of :

  • Pauline Literature
  • Poetic Literature

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World, by Margaret Y. MacDonald. Christian Education Journal, 13(2), pp. 432-435, 2016.

Book review of Text, Image, and Otherness in Children's Bibles: What Is In the Picture? by Caroline Vander Stichele and Hugh S. Pyper. Christian Education Journal, 12(2), pp. 470-475, 2015.

Book review of Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus, by David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith. Christian Education Journal, 12(1), pp. 184-189, 2015.

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.

    Ph.D. Dissertation

    Click on the photo to read Chapter 1 of my dissertation.