Dr. Sharon Rogers
Dr. Rogers has over 25 years of experience in professional ministry in the areas of youth and family ministry in Sycamore IL, a campus ministry at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb IL, and congregational leadership overseeing discipleship and missions in a 1500-member multi-staff, multi-site setting in the suburban Chicago city of Algonquin IL. Post-pandemic season has been a time of pulpit supply and worship leadership in small-town and rural congregations in Northern Illinois.
Dr. Rogers doctoral work focused on spiritual transformation of church staff, an outgrowth of her participation in the Transforming Center where space is created for God to strengthen the souls of leaders and transform faith communities. Dr. Sharon has partnered with Judson as an undergraduate practicum and internship supervisor and has a passion for helping current and future church and parachurch leaders develop as healthy leaders. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and her first career was in supervision and management in the manufacturing industry. Dr. Sharon journeyed with MAML students and faculty on the Holy Land study tour in 2019.
She has a certificate in Spiritual Transformation from the Transforming Center and in Spiritual Formation from the Grace Institute. Certified as a Healthy Congregations Facilitator and having has specialized training in congregational systems theory through Lombard Peace Mennonite Center has allowed for focus on fostering health in congregational settings. Strengths based leadership training from LeaderTreks, certification in Next Level Leadership through Intentional Impact, and completion of the Leadership Institute for Transformation program through Willow Creek Association provides knowledge that has been put into practice personally and professionally over the years in ministry.
Involvement with World Vision is a passion for Dr. Rogers. She and her daughter participated in the Chicago Marathon and a number of half marathons moving their feet as a platform to raise money for clean water in Africa through Team World Vision. She has led short term mission trips to Cape Town South Africa, Haiti, Appalachia (KY and TN), New Orleans, Benton Harbor MI, Rockford IL.
Widowed in 2017 after 35+ years of marriage, Sharon is blessed to have two sons and daughter-in-laws in addition to her daughter, and a granddaughter and grandson with whom she enjoys spending time. She volunteers at a local church facilitating GriefShare, a grief recovery ministry. Cruising and traveling to the mountains feeds her wanderlust, and, in 2018, she had her bobsled baptism at the St. Moritz, Switzerland, on the Olympic bobsled track (there are no atheists while on a bobsled track). She is also a State of Illinois, IEMA Division of Nuclear Safety licensed Radon Measurement Technician for residential real estate and home environments assisting in her son and daughter in law’s home inspection business.
- D.Min, Spiritual Transformation, Northern Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL, 2015
- M.Div., Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL 2008
- MA., Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL 2004
- B.S., Business Administration, major in Management, Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 1982